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Big Brother's Memory Hole

The memory hole in George Orwell’s novel 1984 is where all previously true documents and photographs get tossed. If you haven’t read Orwell’s book published in 1949, I’d recommend doing so. It’s quite relevant to evaluating and understanding our present situation and the tactics being used by those in control. It’s quite a scary possibility.


In 1984, people are indoctrinated and acclimated to the only version of "truth" approved by Big Brother. The Memory Hole symbolizes thought control and the restructuring and elimination of what is true in favor of false narratives that only serve those in power. In 1984, books are burned, history is modified to hide the truth, words are removed from the language, and conspiracy theorists disappear to be re-programmed. The Ministry of Truth controls what people are told to believe and they deliver these truths via a Telescreen from which they get their daily dose of truths.


1984 takes place in an imagined future, when much of the world has fallen victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, historical negativism, and propaganda. It is ruled by one political party, that employs the Thought Police to persecute individuality and independent thinking. Today, the cancel history, cancel culture, cancel free speech, cancel monuments, cancel conservatism, cancel religion, cancel gender, and the other cancel crowds, to me, are certainly working overtime, colluding across all systems of society to throw our past down the Memory Hole.


Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, is credited with what is called the “Big Lie Theory.” Goebbels said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” He further said, “A lie can only be maintained for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic, and/or military consequences of a lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus, by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state.”


How the State today keeps the lies going are through the use of print and TV/cable news media, social media, radio, education materials, heavy handed dictates, corrupt law enforcement, and other forms and activities to suppress freedoms. Adolf Hitler, in his 1925 book Mein Kampf, wrote that, if one is to lie, then “make it colossal, as then the masses could not believe that anyone could have the arrogance and impudence to distort the truth so famously."


Every person today is susceptible to being manipulated by authority figures with nefarious intentions, because we are basically good and trustful people. We have been conditioned from birth to trust such authority, starting with our parents, family, then educators, clergy, doctors, politicians, and generally to trust all the key systems of society. We are attached 24x7 to the best manipulation devices of all time—the phone, "apps," social media, TV, and the computer—or if used properly these devices actually can be tools to help us discern the truths from the lies.


To be blunt, only a sucker doesn’t question or suspect someone or some group, that has an agenda, of trying to manipulate them. In its simplest form, that's what advertising is designed to do. That's what politicians do. That's what some in our government do everyday, both here in the US and abroad. They are professional stretchers of truth, liars, and manipulators, and many in the general citizenry accept this as normal.


Yet, to some people, the Memory Hole tactics happening today are clear as day. Some percentage of us are struggling every day in the real world to discern the truths from the lies. Amazingly, others don’t even question what they are told to believe is true. If one is awake, most events and what’s being told and done to us today can be classified between “doesn’t make sense” and “nonsense”—maybe because so much of what is going on around us is truly faked. All one needs is a green screen and viola, a faked event. When one realizes how much of history has been changed and that we have been fooled by the “victors” to believe a false reality, one will never look back and never be the same.


As humans, we do have free will. We can choose to question, research, awaken, and take back control of our minds. Or we can fall for the Memory Hole tactics and get suckered. Our path in life is an individual choice. For me, I'd rather know the truths than be a victim to the lies.

© 2020 by Scott Forbes