Grumble wrote: ↑
Sun May 08, 2022 5:11 pm
I should say that the part of 1984 I didn’t realise was so well observed was the behaviour of the populace.
When I read that article, my most persistent thought was, am I like that?
What most people* want, above all else, is a nice quiet life and being left to get on with it.** Most people know they have next to no influence on these enormous events so there is not really much value in spending a lot of time being fully-informed or doing anything individually about them, which is a pretty hopeless task anyway. I just follow orders and don't make a fuss. I know that by my behaviour I'm complicit in a variety of atrocities, from funding wars and organised crime to climate change, but I'm basically a good person and I can cope with the cognitive dissonance.
* i.e. me.
**Which is why it's all the more horrific when you're just getting on with your life quietly and suddenly you find everything and everyone around you getting bombed to bits for no reason.
Incidentally, I had a theory that part of the reason for the strong reaction to the invasion in the West was that we have recently been through a similar level of disruption to our ordinary lives due to Covid, and that may have made us more sympathetic. But then I thought of the Taliban reinvasion and all the other sh.t that's happened in the last two years that we don't care about.