|1984 long gone
||[Jun. 26th, 2005|04:02 am]
Freedom Watch Teem
""If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death." ~Goerge Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty Four" |
We all (those of us who are awake) refer back to 1984, the story anyway. While Orwell must have somehow known what the future might hold, he was off just a little. It really is a great story, and he hit many problems on the nose. Once the year 1984 came, most people did not see any similarities to his story. Of course 10 years later, it seems to be a chilling prophecy. Where are we now? Should we call this 1984? If I was to read the story in 1980, and then slept for 25 years, I would certainly think I woke up in 1984. So here we are in 1984. You can have your "positive thinkers" who disagree, but it's here. It's now.
But what about the real 1984? If I had my way, I would go back to 1984. Not really to change anything, although given the opportunity, I would. Also, not because I was younger. Then why? 1984 was a simple time. You want t be a simple man, go to a simple time. This was a year, and a decade that was great! It wasn't perfect, but it was cool. Some very funky things that today you would never call "cool", but admit it, it was all cool. Like I said, it wasn't perfect. You still had some crime, you still had some worries. Barely any cars built in 1984 were cool, but you could still find the cool ones. It had it's problems, but possibly far less than any other decade.
Earlier years in America were simple, but also hard. Previous years had the wild west, civil war, slavery, segregation, world wars, very physical and deadly manual labor, deadly strikes, and much more. Ok, so any of them would be ok to live for most people. Truth be told, there were many problems that didn't work for everyone. They were the years that America needed to grow and learn from mistakes.
1984, worked for most people. There was not any real terrible issues, maybe a few false alarms, but nothing we couldn't handle in a peaceful manner. America was pretty well all grown up as a nation. We had worked out most of our problems in the past, and had only few left. There was not one nation that did not envy America. America was the model place to live. Soon, other countries tried to be more like America.
America, the place to be, if you wanted to be free!
In 1984, the future was a dream place filled with greatness. Can we say that now? Everyone had visions of this great future for America. Flying cars and funky sunglasses. Sliding doors, and big screen phones. Peace and harmony. Where did we go wrong?
In 1984, children had quality time with there parents. The most violent game was probably combat (two squares shooting at each other. Children had cool places to go. Skating, bowling, small movie theaters, and friendly neighborhoods. Children were not seen as an inconvenience. School was a little tough, but hardly as tough as now. It's funny, we don't seem to be as smart. When kids got into fights, they threw a few punches, and became friends again the next day. Cartoons, were very kid friendly. What happened there?
We had some of the most cool music ever. The most depressing music, happened to be love ballads. Far from gangster, life sucks, or the sluts you see today. Music was understandable and you were able to listen to it. Rap wasn't too bad. You could dance to just about any rock tune. Country turned out some good ol boys. Will music ever be put together with such harmony ever again?
There was not a lot of this technology that was supposed to make life easier. People weren't wasting hours at the computer, on the cell phone, or playing video games. Most home cooked food was just that. Boy, this technology sure seems to be a load of crap, when you weigh the effect on the quality of life.
Movies? There sure were some great movies. A horror film was horrifying! A comedy made you laugh. Drama was drama, action was action. They were all what they were meant to be. Amadeus, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Terminator (when Arnold wasn't a real threat). Bachelor Party, Gremlins, Indiana Jones, Police Academy, Red Dawn, Footloose. Ok, I'll stop. They sure knew the difference between family films and porn!
In 1984, you could sleep to the music, dance to the music, romance with the music. The music in the background was a pleasure, not a distraction. The only time you heard Michael Jackson's name in the news was to announce a new release. Elton John didn't seem so rainbow happy at the time. Def Leppard was able to sell tickets in America. Bon Jovi was the coolest, They didn't even have to tear up a bible and paint his hair and nails black. A guitar player knew how to tune it.
Sometimes your car wouldn't start, but at least you could drive home after an accident.
Yes, I miss living in 1984. So tell me, where did we go wrong? How did we leave 1984 behind just to enter into a 1984 world? Where did we lose our vision of the future? How did we go from being the envy of every nation to being the poison of every nation. How did we let millionaires become greedy billionaires? How did we let go of values? What happened to real talent? What kind of world have we created for our children?
America is no longer the big brother, but has become Big Brother. We said goodbye to 1984 and created Nineteen Eighty Four!
"Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children."