Thursday, February 21, 2008

1984


Update: This post has been modified because my readings of some works at Brown University were incomplete. The problem was me, not Brown's website. In any case, here's George Orwell:

“Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.

The aims of these groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim-for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious out of their daily lives-is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal."


https://wiki.brown.edu/confluence/display/MarkTribe/1984

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