After reading 1984, it somehow changed my view of the world. It opened my eyes to the way the world is turning into. The way 1984 presents the world is beginning to be similar to the world we view today. As I was reading the book, there were several times where I thought to myself that this is actually starting to happen, or has already happened. It’s quite scary to think that George Orwell was able to predict a world beyond his age and the way he ended the book was something to ponder about. I would Iike to highlight some of the pressing Issues discussed in the book that the orld should be aware about.
Poverty is a pressing issue here in the Philippines. There are so many people who live below the poverty line, and there is a huge discrepancy when it comes to wealth distribution In the Philippines. Only a few actually are the ones who are truly rich at the expense of the majority of the population. There are many reasons why this Is so: Our elected officers are also the ones who own most of the land, so it creates a conflict of interest to not pass laws that would be detrimental to them. Another would be corruption.
I have seen so many roads that are under constant repair, and the Irritating part would be that It takes them a very long time to fix It, and there were even news of companies trying to pass the income tax to the consumers themselves. And I don’t understand why our country tolerates it. We are paying the tax that the government should be paying. Income taxes are direct taxes, which mean that the company should be paying the tax and should not be passed to the consumers Vla the price of the product. I saw the Philippines in the same light as Oceania in 1984.
There is poverty among he masses also known as the proles which comprise of roughly 85% of the population and there are only a few In power, also known as the Party. The members of the Party are the ones who dictate what happens to the poor and the poor Just tolerate it. I remember the event when Big Brother announced that the rations of chocolate “increased” when in fact they had Just reduced it yesterday, and Winston saw the people rejoice as if they never noticed that their rations are already decreasing.
Also, the Party blinds the proles by trivial matters such as sports, films. uor, and gambling to prevent them from seeing the bigger picture. Similar to the Filipinos, we don’t notice that we are already being exploited and we are either too ignorant or too apathetic to do something about it. Another Issue that I would Iike to tackle would be the Issue on privacy. With the current advancements in technology, the world has shrunk and information is only just a click away. Before, if one wanted to learn about something he/she had to go to the library just to find out. Now, Just find an internet connection and Just type what ou want to know In search engines.
But sometimes there Is Information that should not be accessible to strangers. Private information should be something that Is kept secret to the public but thanks to Edward Snowden, we now know that this is not the 1 programs such as the PRISM and Tempora programs, which allows the National Security Agency to obtain “direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple, and other US internet giants. ” One might argue that this could be useful for tracking a certain person whereabouts, but there is an invasion of privacy of the government o our very own personal data.
This is similar to the telescreen where the government is capable of watching your every move and is even capable of reading thoughts and facial expressions that might show that one is against the government. Also the Thought Police would be an invasion of privacy. Just imagine a world where if you were thinking of something bad about the government or even act slightly suspicious, the government will know of it immediately through cameras everywhere and will punish you for treason. They will not even give you a proper trial. Education is also another issue that I would like to tackle because I find it very relatable here in the Philippines.
Similar to my example a while ago, some people might not even be aware that income taxes are not to be transferred to the consumers. I guess most people are not aware of this because this is not taught in elementary or high school. It’s sad how the government does not spend enough on education because I personally believe that this is the way to get out of poverty. In our class on economic development, I liked the concept of trying to create an nstitution that would give the people an idea of what Jobs are on the market to avoid the problem of having too much nurses in our current situation in the Philippines.
But as we have discussed in our class, some want to keep the people poor so that they will not realize what is happening around them. In 1984, the government was able to create Nuspeak, where there are fewer words when conversing to limit the people’s ability to express themselves. The education system was also changed to brainwash children from the start and even start to spy on their parents if they had committed thoughtcrime. Finally I would want to highlight the concept of war.
In 1984, war was shown to be an avenue of the government to spend money for something that might not even exist and it is also a way for the Party to spend the income of the proles. Take the case of the Iraqi war during the Bush administration. The American government was so persistent to start the war because Iraq was thought to have nuclear weapons and for housing Saddam Hussein only to find out that neither was true at the expense of soldiers, ammunition, and the lives of one hundred thousand civilians.
In the book, it howed there that the war is actually a stalemate, and the government only wants to prolong the war to keep the people poor and they even bomb their own territory to make the proles believe that they still at war. They also make up news to show the people that there is something that is happening in the war but nothing is actually happening. These are the problems in the world which makes it feel like we are slowly living in 1984. It’s a scary thought that George Orwell left us. He showed us a world where there is no hope anymore.
The people are Just living pointless lives and the overnment is able to dictate how others will live. In the Philippines alone, you will already see that the rich are the ones who control everything, the middle class are aware of this but cannot make the change since they are too few, and the majority, still time to change before everything is too late, and we have to do something in order for that to happen. As what Winston Smith said, the hope lies in the proles they are Just not conscious of the power they possess.