Thursday, July 28, 2005

Ignorance is Strength

Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle and the Low. (...) Presently a new Middle group splits off from one of the other groups, or from both of them, and the struggle begins over again. Of the three groups, only the Low are never temporarily successful in achieving their aims It would be an exaggeration to say that througout history there has been no progress of a material kind. Even today, in a period of decline, the average human being is phisically better off than he was a few centuries ago. But no advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer.

George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four

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