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The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in ones mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them
This is a ridiculous concept. As comedian George Carlin once said “Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity”. Fighting, or any form of conflict, is obviously the very thing that stands in the way of peace.
Peace keeping forces are those troops left in a country to help enforce a particular regime. The very fact that a military presence is required would suggest that there is no peace there to 'keep'.
The Ministry of Defence bears striking resemblance to Orwell's 'Ministry of Peace' not only in the classic use of doublethink in the name but also in its actions. Both are primarily concerned with warfare and seem to spend the majority of their time and efforts dealing in attack and invasion as opposed to the implied defence or peace.
I am not a religious scholar of any kind but as far I am aware all major religions preach a message of peace and have some variation of the 'Love thy neighbour' commandment. No religion promotes violence or killing, so it seems to me that for a war to be considered 'holy' is a contradiction in terms.
This is possibly the most relevant aspect of doublethink in our society today. With Orwellian surveillance on every corner and acts such as 'The Patriot Act', we are being asked to give up the very freedoms that 'The War on Terror' is alleged to protect, and all in the name of freedom. If that isn't doublethink, I dont know what is. - www.foolsphilosophy.com...
...to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them...
...to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary.
...consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed.
It is precisely in the Inner Party that war hysteria and hatred of the enemy are strongest. In his capacity as an administrator, it is often necessary for a member of the Inner Party to know that this or that item of war news is untruthful, and he may often be aware that the entire war is spurious and is either not happening or is being waged for purposes quite other than the declared ones: but such knowledge is easily neutralized by the technique of doublethink.
Our only weapons against our own weaker instincts are these: one, to harden ourselves to become stronger in the face of mental discomfort, two, to find compatriots and companions who support us instead of those crowds who encourage conformity, and three, to actively try to remain aware of things we might forget — to fight for conscious appraisal instead of quasi-consciousness, shocking ourselves into looking from a different perspective when necessary. These are our three weapons against doublethink. - www.promethea.org...
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
Originally posted by FoxStriker
although be it that our founding fathers used the same tactics to establish this country. Its the basis for any government.
Fighting for peace
Ministry of Defence
Giving up our rights in the name of freedom
"I choose to ignore them, for me they do not exist". Just another example of doublethink.