I apologize ahead for writing a non-book related post. It’s about politics, in light of the recent assault on human rights and civil rights in Hong Kong, and the extraterritoriality on the part of Chinese government.
“If the Party could thrust it’s hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death.”
And it’s actually happening in Hong Kong. In Orwell’s 1984, the timidly rebellious Winston Smith set out to challenge the limits of the Party’s power, only to discover that its ability to control and enslave its subjects exceeded even his most paranoid conceptions of its reach. What will Hong Kongers discover when it comes to the Chinese government’s ability to control and manipulate our minds?
Politicians (the DAB 民建聯) are very much like Winston’s fellow intellectuals who have sold their inalienable right to think freely for security and a semblance of physical well-being. More chilling than Beijing’s goal to perpetuate its power to exercise tighter grip on Hong Kong is the large mass of common people who do not find in themselves the need to think independently, to question or to investigate what they have been taught. Between happiness and freedom these common, politically “apathetic” people rather surrender their rights and freedom for short-term happiness.
Pro-Beijing politicians work to the advantage of the apathy, ignorance and nearsightedness of the common mass. They tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion die so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies. They operate on deception, double standard and trickery. They use financial incentives and other underhand practices to gain support of the ignorant.
1984 is happening to Hong Kong. It’s time for people to wake up to their senses. The first step is to vote the DAB out of the Legislative Council in September.