George Orwell’s 1984 is a work of fiction, but the parallels that can be drawn between the author’s dystopian novel and the present, are eerily similar.

Orwell illustrates that, by weakening the independence and strength of individuals’ minds, and forcing them to live in a constant state of propaganda-induced fear, the state is able to force their subjects to accept anything it decrees, even when the message is entirely illogical. In this way, people become malleable and controllable. They are incapable of questioning anything they are told to believe. They are entirely at the mercy of their rulers.

The message should be a stark warning to those who expose themselves to the constant deluge of fear-mongering by mainstream media, then surrender (willingly or unwittingly), their personal liberties to the state, in exchange for “safety” and “security”. For we are on a very slippery slope. We are going down a path that has ended tragically so many times in the past. But are enough people listening?

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The moral to be drawn from this dangerous nightmare situation is a simple one. Don’t let it happen. It depends on you. – George Orwell