1984 and the WT$ sexual puritanism

by jean-luc picard 2 Replies latest jw friends

  • jean-luc picard
    jean-luc picard

    I see that there has been several threads on the book 1984 by George Orwell

    I'm just reading it myself and quite liked the following excerpt

    which I would like to share with you.

    Julia had grasped the inner meaning of the
    Party’s sexual puritanism. It was not merely that the sex
    instinct created a world of its own which was outside the
    Party’s control and which therefore had to be destroyed if
    possible. What was more important was that sexual privation
    induced hysteria, which was desirable because it could
    be transformed into war-fever and leader-worship. The way
    she put it was:
    When you make love you’re using up energy; and afterwards
    you feel happy and don’t give a damn for anything.

    They can’t bear you to feel like that. They want you to be
    bursting with energy all the time. All this marching up and
    down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour.
    If you’re happy inside yourself, why should you get excited
    about Big Brother and the Three-Year Plans and the Two
    Minutes Hate and all the rest of their bloody rot?’

  • Nabeena

    Too true. For example, I spent a lot more time on these boards back when I was married to my asexual older husband than I do now married to my totally opposite younger husband. Hmm. Who knew?

  • elderelite

    Good quote picard... Its really eye opening and well worth the time to read 1984 in light of dubbie land comparrisons if nothing else. Its quite scarry to see how similar the worlds are. Also take note of how the main characters job is to litterally rewrote history to fit current facts and write something new to convince the populace that it never was what it was, something jw's also excell at

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