Re: Ping Phil: Second Echo results for HCM
- From: "Phil P." <phil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2007 19:56:50 GMT
of meaning. You
don't grasp the beauty of the destruction of words. Do you know that
Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller
Winston did know that, of course. He smiled, sympathetically he hoped,
not trusting himself to speak. Syme bit off another fragment of the dark-
coloured bread, chewed it briefly, and went on:
'Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range
of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible,
because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that
can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning
rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.
Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we're not far from that point. But the
process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year
fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little
smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing
thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control.
But in the end there won't be any need even for that. The Revolution will
be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is
Newspeak,' he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction. 'Has it ever
occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a
single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation
as we are having now?'
'Except--' began Winston doubtfully, and he stopped.
It had been on the tip of his tongue to say 'Except the proles,' but
he checked himself, not feeling fully certain that this remark
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