OPINION – One of the most disturbing aspects of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” was its depiction of an entire society that was forbidden from embracing reality.
Orwell’s character Winston Smith’s job at the Ministry of Truth was making inconvenient facts disappear down the memory hole. His government could tell the people any lie, and it was accepted without question.
They lived under a form of intellectual bondage where their own understanding was subject to another’s direction.
The citizens of Oceania were required to participate in their totalitarian leaders’ delusions or risk punishment as purveyors of thought-crime.
A similar type of mental tyranny is beginning to take hold across our own society in the form of so-called “gender justice.”
Don’t take my word for it. Watch what happens when a man conducting interviews with college students tells them that he identifies as an Asian woman, or a 7-year-old girl or as being 6 feet 5 inches tall.
Watching each student struggle not to acknowledge the simple, unambiguous reality right before his or her eyes is highly revealing. They have been trained by cultural revolutionaries to believe that it is their duty to affirm another person’s self-image regardless of how it conflicts with reality.
Even though their interviewer is not being overbearing, virtually all of the students feel obligated to ignore reality in order to support his particular fantasy.
These young adults are not being stupid, nor is there malicious intent in their answers. This isn’t about being polite or simply treating others with respect.
Thanks to their indoctrination, they are struggling to toe a line that requires ignoring truth according to how another person directs them.
The students’ inability to courageously answer simple questions based in reality should make us wonder about their ability to answer questions that actually matter.
Imagine how difficult this could be when dealing with an entitled person seeking a legal remedy to compel others to participate in their fantasy.
This unhealthy reliance upon external guidance in the use of our own intellect was addressed long ago.
German philosopher Immanuel Kant, describing enlightenment, wrote:
Nonage is the inability to use one’s own understanding without another’s guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one’s own mind without another’s guidance.
The insatiable desire to control what takes place within the minds of others is the hallmark of what is often referred to as political correctness or cultural Marxism.
I highly recommend the exceptionally succinct explanation written by Claudio Glass regarding what cultural Marxism is and how it is fomenting the birth of modern thought-crime.
Those cultural revolutionaries seeking to create uniformity of thought have enjoyed their greatest success in subjugating intellectual freedom on our nation’s campuses.
This is why high school and college campuses have become the latest battlegrounds over gender-identity issues. Witness how campus officials are falling all over themselves to avoid being seen as “insensitive.”
The battle over gender and restrooms is just one more example of the public being told that reality no longer counts, even in the most intimate areas of life.
It’s a perfect wedge issue to drive between individuals who will eagerly stake out the moral high ground on the basis of either equality or public morality.
This has sparked numerous social media wars that still manage to miss the larger principles at stake.
The real question is not whether objectively identifiable biological characteristics or mere personal convictions are what determine one’s gender.
It’s whether any person has an enforceable right to compel others who do not share their belief to act as if we do.
The dystopian world described by Orwell in “1984” is a mirror image of the utopian world envisioned by today’s cultural revolutionaries.
Claudio Grass explains how the goals of the Party in “1984” and the goals of our modern social justice warriors are similar:
It is all about the creation of identical individuals who do not come together and exchange ideas, as they operate like mindless machines. The Frankfurt School and its followers have therefore clearly proved to be the enemies of freedom and the conscious human mind.
We cannot allow the fear of being labeled as insensitive to override our willingness to live in reality and exercise our own understanding.
Our minds are the last real measure of freedom we can still exercise without being surveilled and directed.
Willingly allowing ourselves to become intellectually enslaved in the name of so-called social justice is not an option.
Bryan Hyde is a news commentator, radio host and opinion columnist in Southern Utah. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.
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