Upon reading about George Orwell's religious beliefs, I have to wonder if he may have operated in the prophetic like the prophet mentioned in Numbers 22. So much of his book, 1984, truly does seem to have contained prophetic insight, and has sadly come to pass. Of course, there has been "double talk" since Bible times, but for the masses to know it and accept it, seems to be more recent history. We have openly acknowledged that we can't trust our politicians, yet we still go through the process to "elect" them and pin hopes upon them, knowing the very definition of doublespeak is a campaign promise.
I had a taste of doublespeak long before most of our society did, in that I grew up with a mother who had her own version, definition, and enforcement of the word: FAIR. Actually, she had several words confined to her specific definition, but "fair" stands out, to this day in my mind as well as descending generations all these years later. It prepared me for the current condition of our society. I learned early in life that doublespeak leads to redefinition, even as Wikipedia confirms in the next paragraph, reverses the meaning of words.
* Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs, "servicing the target" for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning (for example, naming a state of war "peace"). In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.
The term "doublespeak" probably has its roots in George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Although the term is not used in the book, it is a close relative of one of the book's central concepts, "doublethink". Another variant, "doubletalk," also referring to deliberately ambiguous speech, did exist at the time Orwell wrote his book, but the usage of "doublespeak" as well as of "doubletalk" in the sense emphasizing ambiguity clearly postdates the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Parallels have also been drawn between Doublespeak and Orwell's classic essay Politics and the English Language, which discusses the distortion of language for political purposes. *
Now, it seems here in America, our doublespeak has attained a new level, bringing us to what I call "Backward World." Tolerance is now intolerant of any views outside the "political correct agenda" and to "stand by one's convictions" has been redefined as bigotry. And that's just for starters. Perversion is now called love, and morality is called hate. Disgust is now a phobia, while profiling is considered precautionary. Reverse racism is apparently some form of reparation.
Probably the three saddest things about all this is One: History is now digital, making revisionism pretty much guaranteed, so the next generations will be clueless. Two: we have knowingly fulfilled the passage in Isaiah 5, in calling good evil and evil good. The list in that passage goes on and we have met every warning with arrogant pride. Which brings me to the third sorrow of this new order of redefinition. The United States Supreme Court determined they could usurp the authority of The Supreme Creator and redefine marriage. My great grandchildren will never know another America. Redefining the way we treat each other is bad enough, but "proudly" redefining the Word of our Creator will have consequences of Biblical proportion! The redefinition of marriage will move us far beyond "backward world" descending into an abyss of utter darkness.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,
and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! a Prophet of Holy Scripture
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than
these cometh of evil. ~ words of Messiah
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