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.
Winston begins to appreciate how society is easily deluded.