For quite some time, I have been uncomfortable, no, angry, at what I call the unbridled “fanatical partisanship” so prevalent in this country. Blind acceptance of Party speak without the application of reason is rampant in America. Today, I was reminded of George Orwell, a visionary author, who provided some context for my concern.
Why we are where we are.
In his book, “1984”, Orwell coined a new word, “blackwhite“. It has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with why we have such deep political divisions, a ruined economy, no real answers, less than competent leaders and an uncertain, and surely, an unafordable future.
Orwell defines Blackwhite: the ability to accept whatever “truth” the party puts out, no matter how absurd it may be. Orwell described it as: “loyal willingness to say black is white when party demands this. It also means the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know black is white and forget that one has ever believed the contrary.”
From Wikipedia: The word represents the active process of rewriting the past, control of the past being a vital aspect of the Party’s control over the present. (Does any of this sound familiar? Anyone in Congress come to mind? Any Presidents you know of?)
Politics, in general, is nothing more than the promotion of blackwhite and, if one surveys his surroundings, he will notice that blackwhite does not require the application of logic or common sense in order to propagate. In fact, it thrives best without them. Politicians tirelessly expound on past mistakes, truthfully or not, and ignore the positives, thereby exerting that control over the present. I suppose it would be asking too much to expect that we learn from the positives of the past.
Blackwhite is real, You can see it, you can hear it and it owes its very existence to the ignorance of the American people and their leaders. If apathy weren’t so widespread and people actually cared enough to reason for themselves, instead of simply repeating party speak, blackwhite would have no place in our country, a much different country, a much better country. Wouldn’t that be nice?
“But, common sense has proven rare and seldom is it seen
In the hallowed halls of Congress and the rantings of the Green.
White is white and black is black, no gray is there to share.
I am right and you are not, no compromise to spare.”