Morbid and depressing! Really!
It was hopeless and depressing, but it had a lot of good messages.It seemed to encompass a large number of things. However, it did often resort to repeating itself. Nevertheless, I did agree on a number of accounts. It seemed less of a story than an analysis of humanity and government and the relationship between the two.
As to philosophy, I agree that war or peace or anything else continuous becomes…not itself, if it truly is continuous. Honestly, using ‘surplus’ supplies on a useless war effort for no real reason whatsoever is insanely stupid. The Party is stupid. Although I do credit them for Newspeak. That was clever, or had the potential to be. I must also give them credit for successfully brainwashing most of the population. Of course there are going to be dissenters, but they have a rather efficient way of taking care of them. Although another stupid thing they do is re-education. That’s where they brainwash the dissenters into believing in their cause before executing them. It’s utterly pointless and done pretty much for the sake of power. And the whole notion that power is sought for its own sake. I mean sure. That’s believable. But power alone and not the other things that come with it? Not wealth and luxury? No, I don’t believe that those aren’t goals also, stated or otherwise. And other Party slogans are stupid too. Freedom is slavery? No! Of course it’s not! Weak reasoning. Well, war may as well be peace if the continuity of either cancels them both out. And I’m sorry, but ignorance may be bliss, but it certainly isn’t strength. You are full of lies, Party! Even if some reasoning makes sense, most of it is pure nonsense. Utter garbage.
What’s curious about the social society is that it is mostly built on assumptions. Since you can’t really talk openly, you must instead make guesses on what others are really thinking.
Know what else contributes to the depressing aspect of the story? Winston’s accurate ability to predict who will be vaporized. And his lack of reaction to that knowledge.
I did not like Julia (the girl he had the affair with). I did not like her at all. She wasn’t really a rebel- “only from the waist downwards,” (page 179) as Winston says. She seemed to only want to be a rebel for the sake of it; to be different. She certainly didn’t seem to buy into the political aspect of anything. Falling asleep at the very mention of anything political was a bit idiotic, I thought. She was an idiot, but not in the sense that the other women were. You know who else was an idiot? Parsons. So utterly brainwashed that he was proud of his daughter when she turned him in. It was absurd. Well, he was probably an accurate depiction of the average person. How…disappointing. I was okay with Winston I suppose.