TIMELINE ONE: CoG-PKG: Party Like It’s 1984
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Quote from Ronald Weinland’s May 24, 2008 sermon “The Mystery of God Part 6”, courtesy As Bereans Did:
About a year or two ago he was looking on the net “…and was dumbfounded at the hatred, and the depth of hatred, people had for Mr. Armstrong, and I thought; ‘he died in 1986’ and people out there were still so filled with hatred… it blew my mind, that after being dead that long, that it’s still out there, so pervasive, page after page on the internet….”
So CoG-PKG wants its members to party like it’s 1984. Let us examine a key principle from Orwell’s novel of the same name, that of doublethink. I have excerpted the relevant parts of the Wikipedia article below.
According to the novel, doublethink is:
“The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them….To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.“
Another quotation from the novel, when Winston starts thinking about doublethink while exercising:
“His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully-constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them; to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy; to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved using doublethink.”
Doublethink is a form of trained, willful intellectual blindness to contradictions in a belief system. Doublethink differs from ordinary hypocrisy in that the “doublethinking” person deliberately had to forget the contradiction between his two opposing beliefs — and then deliberately forget that he had forgotten the contradiction. He then had to forget the forgetting of the forgetting, and so on; this intentional forgetting, once begun, continues indefinitely. In the novel’s notes, Orwell describes it as “controlled insanity”.