2 + 2 Will Never Equal 5 For Me
I made it a goal of mine last Fall to read more classic literature. I saw the book, 1984, on the list of “must-reads”, and bought it electronically to read on my iPad. It was one of those reads that annoy me. I thought part of it dull- the middle. The other part I found frustrating because I’m a big proponent of freedom, and that whole book is about control. However, part of me liked the book for that very reason, because it had some good points in it. I even jotted down a few quotes.
“We do not merely destroy our enemies, we change them.”
“We do not merely destroy our enemies, we change them.” This is a quote from 1984, when someone in Big Brother, that Winston had once considered a friend/ally, really worked for the enemy. Most of us have been betrayed at one point, but only the truly sick will go beyond betrayal into attempted annihilation of a person’s character and personality. Having experienced someone attempting to do this first-hand for years, I can say that it is a rough road. There were so many times I wanted to backlash at the horrible things she was doing to me. I smarted back a couple of times, but I’m happy to say, I’ve kept my integrity. Unfortunately, the monster they were feeding me to lashed back, because I only came out of the circumstance stronger, and with thicker-skin. But this is what the evil-at-heart and deluded do, try to make everyone else believe as they do, because they want to control every aspect of their own world.
“2 + 2 = 5”
Is what O’Brien was intent on proving to Winston. Eventually he succeeded, sadly. Never give up the truth. That’s my motto. Which is why I loved this quote:
There are those who hate truth, because it is such a stark contrast to the state of their own soul. They will lie and say that you lie. They will create drama to put you in a bad light. They will try to play mind games, but they won’t win, if you cling to the truth.
I was somewhat disappointed with the ending of the book. Would I have fared better than Winston? Interesting thought…