Think Twice...It's All Right
By ice rivers
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Yesterday, I reread 1984 for at least the tenth time although it's been at least five years since my last read. Once again I found myself having to pause in my reading and think twice about the concept of double think.
Does thinking twice about doublethink equate to four thinks about thinking.
I didn't mean to say four...I meant to say five.
Doublethink is the concept that the minority ruling party uses as an intentional method to affect the thinking of the majority. The ruling powers with the help of media and continual rewriting of history engage in propaganda and brainwashing that encourages people to hold two contradictory beliefs in mind at the same time and believing in both.
Four is not only four but also five.
Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch is being sued by the Dominion company for intentionally libeling the company in defense of what is known as The Big Lie which claims that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election despite a lack of evidence.
Murdoch is trying to throw his employees under the bus in order to avoid being fined a billion dollars. Murdoch himself never made such claims.....it was the people who worked for him. They knew what they were saying about the election was "bullshit" but they fed it to the nation in such a convincing way that they must have believed it wasn't bull shit at the same time they were feeding it.
I know all about Doublethink.
I'm a fan of the Buffalo Bills.
Every year I believe that the Bills are the best team in the league and have a strong chance of winning the Super Bowl.
True, we've never won a Super Bowl. Aside from some "bad breaks" (wide right) we would have won at least one Super Bowl. We've come close the last coupla years. We're gonna win it all next year. No Doubt.
Four or Five? What's the big difference anyway. Just tell me the score, give me my paycheck and throw me a beer.
As soon as the season begins, however, I will experience confusion, stress, and anxiety, as I struggle to balance the past with the future and make sense of my thoughts and emotions even as I lose trust in my judgement while becoming more belligerent in the insistence of my faith. As a result, I bet against the Bills every Sunday to make sure that I win. If the Bills win, I'm happy because they won and are gonna go all the way this year and if they lose I'm happy because I won my bet and we're gonna win next week. A Win-win situation.
We've turned our Sundays over to the NFL which is a fertile ground for national doublethink indoctrination which prepares us to doubt ourselves while becoming ever more confident at the same time.
Orwell saw that coming as he predicted that the proles would increasingly concentrate their (our) "attention" on football and beer.
Yesterday, my second favorite team, the Carolina Panthers made a daring trade and now have possesion of the first pick in the upcoming NFL draft. This was a great move although we ( I use "we" to describe the Panthers now as well as the Bills in yet another example of the plurality of singularity) gave up a lot to get the pick and the risk is great. No big deal. No risk no reward. Although sacrificed way tooo much in the trade and that will keep us out of the Super Bowl conversation for a least a decade unless we get luck and all the gears click which they won't but if they do maybe we'll contend with the Bills for the league Championship and prevent them (us) from wiining our first Super Bowl or not etc.
Meanwhile let's continue to support Ukraine until we run out of money which will happen later than when Putin runs out of sacrificial soldiers if not before while that war ensures us that we will remain at peace under the leadership of our seasoned and sagacious president who is too old for the job.
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Doublethink is believing
Doublethink is believing America can run out of money. Supoorter of any team experience doublethink also known as illusionary thinking or delusional thinking depending on who we are playing. Not to be confused with that other thing I've forgotten.
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