Rereading Nineteen Eighty Four – Part III Chap 3 (7)

Before Winston can analyse, O’Brien says;

“The second thing for you to realize is that power is power over human beings. Over the body but, above all, over the mind. Power over matter — external reality, as you would call it — is not important. Already our control over matter is absolute.’

Winston asks;  ‘But how can you control matter?’  ‘You don’t even control the climate or the law of gravity. And there are disease, pain, death –‘

O’Brien silenced him;  ‘We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull.”


This fact is something people have struggled with and only a few realise the truth, that what a person thinks is real may not be.   The perception of reality may differ from person to person, culture to culture.  It depends on how stupid a population is; how limited their education and access to information.


O’Brien says;  

” There is nothing that we could not do. Invisibility, levitation — anything. I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wish to. I do not wish to, because the Party does not wish it. You must get rid of those nineteenth-century ideas about the laws of Nature. We make the laws of Nature.’


What do you think?


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