Friday, February 1, 2008


The adjective Orwellian describes the situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being unfavorable to the welfare of a free-society... An attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past.

Orwell's ideas about personal freedom and state authority developed when he was a British colonial administrator in Burma. He was fascinated by the effect of colonialism on the individual person, requiring acceptance of the idea that the colonialist oppressor exists only for the good of the oppressed person and people.

.... I was just reading a few blogs that I check on occasion - mostly (ok - ALL) adoption blogs... families waiting to go to China, in China, or home from China. I have a one track mind at the moment.... Anyway, the posts are usually "emotionally" heavy, but not "mentally" heavy.

This morning; however, one parent described a comment she had received as Orwellian.... hmmmmm ... haven't heard that word used since my last literature class in University. It made me want to investigate - delve deeper into - the word "Orwellian".

So I did and I came up with the definition above.... and going back I really don't think I would have used this word in the way it was used on the blog I read this morning... but I give the blogger an "A" for effort... I hope she uses some more words that capture my interest and spark my curiosity! This really made me want to enroll in a few classes at ANU just for the fun of it!!! I love a good debate over a good read!!! I love a good debate over politics, human nature, the weather... anything will do! But for now...

... let me get back to checking adoption blogs!!!!

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