Tomorrow I am heading out on Vacation for a little over a week.
Surviving the rainy Vancouver winter typically means getting a week or two of sunshine in each year.
I am not a fan of laying on the beach for hours, just soaking up the sun. But I sure can snorkel and crash waves for hours on end. Then I like to come back to the shade, put on the sunglass, and get out the Kindle to read a book. I find that I can go through a couple Kindle books, some audioBooks, podcasts, and movies this way.
One of the books I’ve been meaning to read lately is George Orwell’s 1984. Like many, I read this back in highschool. Also like many, you don’t learn all of the lessons in this book as a teenager – though some of the topics do stay with you.
What I remember from back then
I don’t want to do this book disservice by reading a Coles notes or Wikipedia summary of it. I think that reading it in its entirety and discovering the lessons on my own is the best way to go about it.
But some of the things that I remember are:
- The state is watching you – CSEC (Canadian NSA) anyone? They’re watching you at home, in public, at work….There’s nowhere to hide.
- Not only must you act in accordance with the governments desires, you must also think and believe what they say. Independent thinking is a crime.
- You will be brainwashed if you are caught to be an independent thinker.
- The future is bleak if we allow for a totalitarian government.
Have you read it to?
Once I return I will write a review and note the major lessons of the story. I’m sure there will be many more than what I was able to remember above.
Have you read it too? Do you have your own set of lessons to share?
Are you interested in reading it? Here’s the best deal I found: George Orwell’s 1984