Ownlife.

  • Jul. 21st, 2005 at 11:09 PM
lu: (Ouch!)
Went to [livejournal.com profile] wendybarrie_ yesterday with [livejournal.com profile] deadcinderella, [livejournal.com profile] porn_kid and [livejournal.com profile] magnun.

My throat got worse, and fever attacked me. I think that's why I was cranky.

Didn't do much today. Read a lot of 1984 and am finding the book absolutely brilliant.

Some friends of my father's came over for dinner. Very interesting conversations. *grins*

Sorry for being kind of anti-social lately. Don't know what's happening to me. I guess I was around a lot of people since the beginning of the holidays and that kind of overwhelmed me. --'

"(...) to do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous. There was a word for it in Newspeak: ownlife, it was called, meaning individualism and eccentricity." - 1984.

I know I usually quote films, but this book has earned it.

You like bowling, don't you, Montag?

If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. If the government is inefficient, topheavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel like they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. Don't give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.

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