New Comment Policy: No Ingsoc

600px-Ingsoc_logo_from_1984.svg“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

— George Orwell, 1984.

The last post, Liars’ Language of Lies, discussed how certain radical and totalitarian movements in our society are seeking to subvert the truth by manipulating language.  Almost immediately, a scold appeared to lecture about the definition of truth, saying:

Truth is entirely personal and subjective, based on and permanently biased by your own individual experience.  Your truth isn’t my truth, and can’t ever be, no matter how many things we may choose to agree on.

I could not tell if this person was seriously confused or a troll.  Anyway, the new comment policy is that all comments must be in English.  Comments written in Ingsoc are not allowed.  Ingsoc is the name for the invented manipulative language of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.  Ingsoc was designed to foster confusion, doublethink, and slavery by making it impossible for people who spoke and thought in Ingsoc to think or speak clearly.  The most famous slogan in Ingsoc was this:

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.

— George Orwell, 1984.

The basic premise of every sentence in that slogan is: “Truth is relative.”  If “Truth is entirely personal and subjective,” then maybe war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.  Further, the commentator’s entire point was self-defeating doublethink because he asserted, as objective truth, that “Truth is entirely personal and subjective.”

“You are a slow learner, Winston.”

“How can I help it?  How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes?  Two and two are four.”

“Sometimes, Winston.  Sometimes they are five.  Sometimes they are three.  Sometimes they are all of them at once.  You must try harder.  It is not easy to become sane.”

― George Orwell, 1984.

Without objective truth there can be no freedom or reality.  Thus, the new comment policy reads as follows:

All comments must be in English.  Comments written in Ingsoc or Newspeak, or comments attempting to “correct” normal English with Ingsoc definitions are subject to deletion without comment or explanation.

If you wish to speak another language, have at it, but be honest, and do not pretend you are speaking English.  If you wish to comment here, learn to use an English dictionary.

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.”

― George Orwell, 1984.

The purpose of communication is to reveal truth.  It is the truth that sets us free.  (John 8:32).  There is a person who claimed to be the truth.  His name is Jesus.  He said, “I am the truth.”  (John 14:6).

3 thoughts on “New Comment Policy: No Ingsoc

  1. Look, I’m not a troll. I just see things differently than you do. Some see the word “truth” as an absolute, usually fundamentalists. Others use the term as always relative to context. But this isn’t a new philosopjical conflict, and it hasn’t got a damn thing to do with Ingsoc.

    Plato and Aristotle had exactly the same disagreement over the proper application of the word “truth”, in case you were absent for that class…

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