Sunday, March 6, 2011
A Few Words on 1984 by George Orwell
Nietzsche also had visions of what he called "the last man" as Orwell references Winston to be just that in part three of the book. The last man being the prodigious unfortunate product of the leveling of man by christian and socialistic/democratic herd. And what danger for men perhaps like Winston to even exist in a world with this base, vile, barbarous wielders of power. And how unfortunate that Winston was born into the party or abducted there for work with no way out. He just needed his application to become a prole to made ready for him. And how sad, and sorry and full of misery he was...I wish I had some sort of perspective as far as the use of power and how the party or government behaves in relation to 1984, some revolutionary insight forsight that would provide perspective and make this place look ugly or desecrate it or bring it to shame with goodness and being superlative. But alas I am an ignorant prole excited by revolution and revolt with no means. This book makes me want to take a fantasia filled rhapsody in poetry land and to lose myself in gay words at the sylvan halcyon crags at the end of the earth as the grim political spectacle fades into oblivion. I think Emerson was right and positive: an age only produces a hero when an age needs a hero. This air is so much the better to breath in my mind and smells of firs and wild flowers not a grimy oil liquor, paranoid laden moments in corners and itchy irritating ulcers burning on ones leg.
But again, Nietzsche and his last man concept, Orwell in 1984 and even Ayn Rand in Anthem, all point to the decay of power today and in relation being a pathetic abortion when compared with other ages. And it is very possible I am an ignorant prole unable to determine and make assessments and observations that are not at the level of an Orwell, Nitezsche, Rand, or Emerson. And that despite my intelligence, BA in physics, and scoreing within the 95% on the MCAT, obviously in the upper echelons intelligence wise, I am nowhere, and well, ignorant.