A Thought About "Doublethink"
From George Orwell's "1984"…
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them." George Orwell
In Orwell's novel, the populous was expected to accept doublethink, because the "powers that be" had a weird habit of re-writing history every now and then. Their propaganda machine was in a state of continuous flux.
One day they said, "Oceania is our enemy."
The next day, "The people of Oceania are our allies. They have always been our allies."
This is not unlike what we see in real life, today. Kind of like, "its about weapons of mass destruction"; oh wait, there are no weapons of mass destruction, well, in that case, "it about bringing democracy to the world"; yeah that's it.
While Orwell may not have gotten all the details just right, his tale of 1984 remains both a masterpiece and a genuine reflection of the way things actually are.
So, I think I'll reject doublethink, and actually think. Of course, in Orwell's world, thinking such a thing about doublethink was considered a "thought crime".
Does that make me a thought criminal?
I think not, but then I think for myself, rather than letting others think for me.
On the other hand, as the comedian Emo Phillips so aptly put it, "I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this." Emo Phillips