George Orwell's writings are usually considered artistic gloom. This article will try to explain the useful secret in some his work.
George Orwell's writing is often interpreted as political, but he makes it crystal clear in his work that he sees nature as above politics. In other words, the solution to the problems he portrays are not political solutions, from "leaders", they are natural solutions, from nature. This perspective is the same as one finds in religious books (e.g., the bible).
The first insight from that kind of writing is that a person who is part of a group can never be sure which side of nature they fall on, the good or the bad.
Every group generally considers itself a force for good. The Nazis were purifying their nation. The communists were defending the interests of oppressed masses, etc. We can always see where "they" went wrong, where their idealism turned sour. But we can never see the same in ourselves. We will be the "good ones". We will purify our nation, defend the interests of the oppressed masses, etc.
Orwell saw the group as a disease that only the individual could cure.
The "natural" view of Orwell's writings (and the bible and countless others) is that there is a sort of disease a person catches when they belong to a group, whether a country, a sports team, a company or whatever. The underlying idea is that the only entirely "natural" group is the family, and all other groups are attempts to profit from imitating the family.
The solution to all of the problems Orwell described was always an individual solution.
Just as religious books advise the individual to learn from nature, and not from groups, Orwell saw the solution to problems caused by groups as being a return to the individual's natural roots.
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For a person lost in current events, a good place to start understanding modern politics is in the movies "1984" and "Lord of the Flies", both viewable free on YouTube.
Lord of the Flies [Wikipedia]
Some quotes until this page is completed.
Here is an Orwellian themed article to read in the meantime. http://www.crimefilenews.com/2012/04/america-has-turned-into-orwellian.html
A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.