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Lessons From George Orwell’s ‘1984’

This article is a companion to my recent post The Daily Grind.

Lessons from George Orwell’s ‘1984’

(For Beth, with love.)
 

 

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Unresolved And Ongoing

UNRESOLVED AND ONGOING

Truth or dare but a party game; yet solo
who dare reveal these truths unshown
beyond these so private hallowed walls,
unshared with anyone beside oneself;
unknown in fact even here within
for truth to tell unquestioned, left unexplored.
Awareness – unspoken – wordless – unborn.

Old bedfellows Truth and Lies lie side by side,
sing “noli me tangere” in tango tempo, like
the Magdalene still endures the bad-rapping
despite the dissension, the fervid support.
Wife, best friend, reformed prostitute or what?
Let’s be honest now who really knows?
True truth unrattled by untruth’s pretension
the inner world has never been hyphenated.

American Democracy

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

The land of the free
Choose between Clinton and Trump
Please don’t make me laugh

Hidden Cost

HIDDEN COST

To seek for fame a bridge too far
To hide from view beneath a mask
Subject of yarn after yarn bizarre
Who needs to take on such a task?

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http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Cost_Of_Fame/

Of Course I’m OK

OF COURSE I’M OK

One can easily hide one’s pain from others
Since generally they aren’t paying attention

One can hide one’s pain from oneself too
Temporarily at best – and only at a cost

Discorporation

DISCORPORATION

Monopoly is
A dirty word so go wash
Your mouth out with share

How Convenient

HOW CONVENIENT

How convenient
These so well publicised “Terrorist Attacks”
In Paris on November 13th; quite a gift for those
Whose announcement of banning any protests
During the Climate Change Conference there
Starting on the 30th of the same month
Can now seem an understandable response
How convenient

How convenient
That President Obama (or Obomber)
Can spew out whatever fancy promises he likes
Knowing he won’t be in office to make good on them
Not that he has any problem breaking promises
Just ask Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden*
… Or the population of Afghanistan†
How convenient

How convenient
That so many people are so fully preoccupied
With the getting into or out of some relationship
Or the immediacy of their every day to day slog
Worrying about the size of their overdraft
Or just housing and feeding their family
And so don’t pay too much attention
How convenient

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* http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/426/increase-protections-for-whistleblowers/

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/subjects/afghanistan/

Answers

ANSWERS

Answers live within
We are schooled to look out there
Or not look at all
We were born to overcome
And shed all conditioning

Meet The Candidates

MEET THE CANDIDATES

You advertise yourselves as righteous
Angelic souls free from relapse
As pure as the driven snow
All alternatives worse
Don’t flatter yourselves
We see through you
We possess
A test
Brains

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This is a second, even later response to a writing prompt.

Weekly Word Prompt # 4

Painful Truths And Lies

Given recent events, previous ones and, I am afraid, those to come in the future, here is an article you may find worth reflecting upon. I had already worked out just about all of this for myself, but he puts it together in a very cogent form.

The “War on Terrorism”

There is also this.

How to not remain a victim of terrorism

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