A blog of an amateur philosopher

Thursday, September 28, 2006

1948, 1984, 2006... ¿2060?

I finished reading nineteen-eighty-four a couple weeks ago, and today I was thinking about it.

For those who have not heard never of Big Brother, 1984 its a "sci-fi" book written in 1948 by George Orwell who I found out btw fought in the spanish civil war and wrote a book about it which in the future deserve to be looked at-definetively.

1984 talks about a (past) future where the world is divided in 3 super-powers that control not even the actions but the thoughs of its citizens and fight against each other endlessly in different combinations.

I wanted to point out a quote, that made me think quite a lot. I suggest to read the book, specially the part talking about the book but by itself can be a key to open a pandora's box of thoughs.

"The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent"


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