Sunday, March 06, 2005

Break Time

In George Orwell's 1984, protagonist Winston Smith describes the neologism doublethink this way:
"To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink.'

This morning over coffee I read two articles in today's Washington Post. What Has Floppy Ears And a Subversive Tale? By David Montgomery (a misleading, ignorant, sarcastic (that is, ignorant and sarcastic toward Conservatives) look at a group of heroic liberals attending a local Washington, DC dissenting Presbyterian Church—dissenting because they are a Gay and Lesbian Church, with a Gay Minister and thus in administrative conflict with their denominational sect, the liberal Presbyterian Church USA—to watch the so-called ‘subversive’ PBS kids TV show about a cartoon character with a lesbian mother) and Right With God - Evangelical Conservatives Find a Spiritual Home on the Hill By Hanna Rosin (an insulting, demeaning, hateful, and sardonic look at evangelical Christians on Capitol Hill). Both “articles” – actually, they’re both leftist polemical screeds disguised as objective articles -- were so rife with doublethink that upon completing the “articles” I was overcome with a real sense of despair. I though, hoping against hope, that perhaps I was being to harsh with the writers, and that they had written such fallacy-filled, one-sided propaganda because they simply didn’t understand the subject (religion) that they are writing about. But of course they know what they are writing about, so I had to accept the fact that rather than being intellectually lazy they were being willfully ignorant and disingenuous…and that’s worse. As a former liberal, I understand the far-left anti-American agenda of the MSM and I used to appreciate it. But now my eyes are opened, and it makes me sick. The Washington Post, the New York Times, Slate, MSNBC, CNN, NBC/CBS/ABC… None of them even makes an attempt at telling the truth. But of course, the editors of these organs of the left barely believe in the concept of objectivity, if they believe in it at all. It makes me sick at heart. So, I have decided to refrain from posting anything to this blog for one week, or, indeed, from reading anything published in the MSM, until Saturday, March 12, in order to cleanse my spirit. Then, if I do feel better, I will resume this blog. Thanks for your patience.

Et datum est ei os loquens magna et blasphemiae et data est illi potestas facere menses quadraginta duo et aperuit os suum in blasphemias ad Deum blasphemare nomen eius et tabernaculum eius et eos qui in caelo habitant et datum est illi bellum facere cum sanctis et vincere illos et data est ei potestas in omnem tribum et populum et linguam et gentem (The Apocalypse Of St. John the Apostle, Chapter 13, Verses 5-7)


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