One knew that it was all rubbish, so why let oneself be worried by it? She knew when to cheer and when to boo, and that was all one needed. If he persisted in talking of such subjects, she had a disconcerting habit of falling asleep. She was one of those people who can go to sleep at any hour and in any position. Talking to her, he realised how easy it was to present an appearance of orthodoxy while having no grasp whatever of what orthodoxy meant. In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.
Excerpt from ‘1984’ by George Orwell.
This is true of today’s world, not just in the UK. But we have it worse in some ways with our infamous press – as we well know. Despite this, people still pay money to read this, oh, what’s the word……? Oh, yeah, crap!
The ‘not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening‘ is so relevant today. People claim to take an interest by listening to TV and radio news, or reading about it in the papers – the very sources from where they are being misinformed and dis-informed.
‘Sufficiently interested‘ seems key to me; for to take a greater and deeper interest into matter is the path that reveals the full story or facts behind a headline or news report. To find out more for oneself, by digging deeper, is wherein the truth lies.
Our fast-paced, instant-gratification lifestyles are partly at fault, as to dig deeper requires time and, of course, effort. Sadly, on the latter, it seems that ‘effort’ and ‘hassle’ are becoming the same thing for some people.
All too often, the General Public at large don’t get to grips with the real truth until years later, if indeed ever. This can be seen in recent years with both welfare and immigration, especially with the thoughtless somehow thinking that people on benefits (most of whom are in-work) are somehow in charge of setting their pay levels.
The truth is the government and media have hoodwinked a huge proportion of the public on these issues, and many others, including the NHS. Until the public break this cycle, the public will continue to let themselves be fooled and played.
If you’re affected by the issues of, for example, welfare, then you know the truth and reality is very different from what you see in the papers or on TV. And you’ll know, too, that rather than welfare benefits being too high, the truth is that they were inadequate before the cuts.
The fact that pay is too low and stagnant has little – if anything – to do with this.
But, for the most part, people in general are too far removed from the day-to-day realities of the people who are affected by such issues, and so, therefore, are not ‘sufficiently interested’ to find out more; to find out the truth. They hear the stories, the news, and perhaps pass a reactionary remark (which today they class as their ‘opinion’). Then, with little or no more thought, carry on with their lives as if nothing had happened; as if nothing is wrong. They are not affected by it – and so don’t experience the impact in their own lives.
Or, as Orwell put it:-
‘They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.‘