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Bravo, Robin !

“Talking to her, he realized how easy it was to present an appearance of orthodoxy while having no grasp whatever of what orthodoxy meant. In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to escape the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.”

 —  George Orwell, 1984

Reigning In Terror And Timidity

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”

-- Milan Kundera

Collaboration and Culpability

In 'Testaments Betrayed', Kundera notes that many people “change their mind in accordance with the invisible tribunal that is also changing its mind; their change is thus simply a bet on what the tribunal will proclaim to be the truth tomorrow. I remember my youth in Czechoslovakia. Having emerged from our initial enchantment with Communism, we felt each small step against official doctrine to be a courageous act. We protested the persecution of religious believers, stood up for banned modern art, argued against the stupidity of propaganda, criticized the country's dependence on Russia, and so on. In doing so, we were taking some risk – not much, but still some – and that (little) danger gave us a pleasant moral satisfaction. One day a hideous thought came to me: what if our rebellions were dictated not by internal freedom, by courage, but by the desire to please the other tribunal that was already preparing, in the shadows, to sit in judgment?”

http://www.opendemocracy.net/james-warner/milan-kundera-and-...

Dancers vs Tripping The Light Fantastic

http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0736.html

And so long to devotion
You taught me everything I know
Wave goodbye
Wish me well..
You've gotta let me go

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