Wednesday July 11th 2018Tim
Strip One" was Oceana's name for the British Isles in
Orwell's 1984. "It was a nice day in April and the
clocks were striking thirteen." Some might recall the
story, and the first line of the story. Of the many
interpretations of clocks striking thirteen the one that
lasts is not that somehow the clocks had been set to
military time, rather that something fundamental had
changed. Everything that had preceded was suddenly in
question and normal was soon to be rewritten.
Our hero worked in
the Ministry of Truth, and there was a moment when he
reckoned there was a chance at love, but that was taken
from him by deception, and at the end of the story
following a very painful visit to the Ministry of Love
our hero was reduced to facing his greatest fear, there
was no alternative he was in love with Big Brother.
Either way, double-think, being able to believe in two
contrary things at the same time without being aware of
the conflict, is already alive and well. Maybe the
clocks are striking thirteen.