“Who controls the past controls the present. Who controls the present controls the future”
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a consuming text. I can’t read anything else right now. I’m most concerned with how history is rewritten and edited to serve the Party’s current needs. I can’t help but wonder how recent world-shattering events will be rendered into history: Who is at fault? Who hurt whom more severely? Who will be memorialized?
How do these present events and their representations in our past affect our future?
Have you read Nineteen Eighty-Four? Were you as disturbed by it as I am? I’m about a third of the way through and am simultaneously enthralled and repulsed. I’d love to hear your thoughts. For being well over 60 years old, I think the text still has some relevant and timely questions worth pondering.