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?’