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Rereading Nineteen Eighty Four – Part III Chap 4 (5)

Winston came to the conclusion that anything could be true. The so-called laws of Nature were nonsense. The law of gravity was nonsense.

‘If I wished,’ O’Brien had said, ‘I could float off this floor like a soap bubble.’ Winston worked it out. ‘If he thinks he floats off the floor, and if I think I see him do it, then the thing happens.’

Suddenly, like a lump of submerged wreckage breaking the surface of water, the thought burst into his mind: ‘It doesn’t really happen. We imagine it. It is hallucination.’

Winston pushed the thought under instantly. The fallacy was obvious. It presupposed that somewhere or other, outside oneself, there was a ‘real’ world where ‘real’ things happened.

But how could there be such a world?

What knowledge have we of anything, save through our own minds?

All happenings are in the mind. Whatever happens in all minds, truly happens.

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Winston begins to appreciate how society is easily deluded.

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