in the last few months and weeks i often think about george orwell's novel 1984. about aldous huxley's brave new world, too.
i've read those books last year or 2 years ago and the current occurrences in germany + the (western) world remember me more and more about a probably final stage of planet destruction and total slavery for the most of us as prophesied in 1984 :-(
sadly i can't understand why almost all of my colleagues and most people around me stay so calm and relaxed? do they not see all the mess coming upon us? or is maybe my own perception wrong and our world is in its best shape ever? => who knows?
but it was undoubtably not a nice reading for me. i actually felt set back to 1988 just before i escaped from the than socialistic and totalitarian czechoslovakia. orwell's concepts of "doublethink", "thoughtcrime", the unchallengeable communist "party" (there have been 2 or 4 additional political pro forma parties allowed and present in the parliament in czechoslovakia, but without any significance), "big brother" aka party leader, "thought police" aka secret police SB (no, we had no CIA/ KGB in czechoslowakia), "room 101", manipulation of the past .... no wonder that winston smith, the protagonist of orwell's novel hated the party, the system and rebelled against it. unfortunately without any success :-(