Why Ignorance Is Strength

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Having explained in a previous article why true freedom is slavery, we turn now to the second of the late English philosopher George Orwell’s core beliefs: Ignorance is strength. What does this strange phrase truly mean, given (again) how self-contradictory it sounds?

Take a moment to wonder at the lovely kittens in the captioned photo above. Aren’t they soooo pretty? Wouldn’t you like to stroke one and feel its fur? Whilst almost kitsch in its staged sentimentality, the picture of kittens in a beautiful garden setting inspires simple feelings of love, joy and well-being. This is true strength which, if only they could, greedy capitalists would put in cans and sell to consumers for thousands of dollars.

It seems, however, that the terrible human condition does not allow one simply to gaze adoringly at the kittens; instead, we want to know more about these creatures: what are their names, how old are they, where do they live? It is precisely at this point that things start to go wrong.

The terrible truth is that Trotsky, the kitten on the left, is suffering from Feline infectious peritonitis. What is that, you ask in your innocence? Well, feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a fatal, incurable disease that affects cats. FIB is a mutation of Feline Enteric Coronavirus (FECV)  and  Feline coronavirus FCoV. This explains why, in the photo, Trotsky is unable to support her head.  Tragically, shortly after this picture was taken, Trotsky keeled over and died at the tender age of 3 months.

If you are like me, you no longer are feeling so strong. Instead, you are sad, perhaps fearful that your own cat companions might get this terrible wasting disease.

This simple demonstration shows why it is best for all of us to remain ignorant in all things so as to remain strong. A few simple rules apply:

  • Always trust your government to do the right thing. You voted for them, so let them get on with making this country gre.. er fantastic again. We’re engaged in war with Russia and always have been. This is not the time to be questioning YOUR elected government
  • Read only news from accredited sources. There is much disinformation out there in alternative sources, mostly planted by the Russians just as the CIA has confirmed
  • Mandatory vaccination is a good thing. If Trotsky the kitten had been properly vaccinated, she would still be frolliking around like the beautiful cat of color below

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Nice anecdote pbier, which clearly demonstrates why questioning things too much can lead to negative feelings and helplessness. When you simply accept the policies of our elected government, you can enjoy life worry-free, and live with conviction. The alt-right and conspiracy theorists are always questioning things and doubting themselves, while we progressives are always 100% sure of our beliefs and are therefore able to totally commit ourselves to the fight for progressivism. Come over to the progressive side, alt-right losers, and dedicate your life to progress, not critical thinking. You’ll soon find out why we rule the world, while you’re stuck in your moms’ basements.

richandrenee

Wow – what wonderful words of wisdom MDB. It must be very stressful for the alt-right losers having to live a lie.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

And a life of tirelessly questioning things that are self-evident, like Russian aggression and Islamaphobia.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Yes. Obama’s greatest gift to Trump is the economy, as many accredited media outlets have eloquently put it.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Exactly. It’s a fool’s game. It’s much more efficient and effective to take accredited and verified news stories at face value, and use a variety of accredited news source to fact-check stories you see elsewhere. This is hands-down the best way to consume the maximum amount of information, with the least effort.

Alexander
Alexander

I don’t agree. Readers of Accredited Times are educated and strong not ignorant and weak. Readers of fake news are ignorant and weak. The illiterate, while better off than readers of fake news, may not be aware of all the progressive issues, and therefore are not strong.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

Well I think that’s what we’re getting at here. When you question accredited news and start giving credence to fake news, you actually become less informed, not more informed. Accredited news is verified and filtered by experts, and to think that the average reader has the skills and expertise to sort through the plethora of unaccredited news out there and come to truthful conclusions, is absolutely ludicrous! Accredited news should be accepted at face value. This may be a controversial statement, but it’s the truth.

Alexander
Alexander

OK, I read your article again, and I think I understand.

If you are a reader of fake news, then you think you are strong but you are really weak. If you are ignorant of accredited news and ignorant of fake news, then you are stronger than a reader of fake news, but not strong. If you are an avid reader of accredited news and know to avoid fake news (like me), then you are also stronger than a reader of fake news. However, a person is strongest who is knowledgable about the distinction between accredited news and fake news and aware of the big picture ideas but consciously ignorant of the details.

This is difficult for me to follow. Maybe it is best if I turn on CNN and MSNBC for a short bit of time each day and then focus on my wife and kids.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

You’re over-complicating things Alex. Just watch CNN and avoid fake news, and you’ll be informed. Simple as that!

Black Lives Matter

I’m concerned about the choice of white cats, which the article describes as “lovely” and “pretty.” Why not BLACK cats? Oh, that’s right, AmeriKKKa and Europe regard black cats as evil omens and symbols of bad luck. This is another example of systemic racism and White Privilege.

ajmassterg@gmail.com
ajmassterg@gmail.com

Thank you BLM. Until reading your post, I had not seen the blatant racism embedded in this picture. This goes to prove my ignorance as a member of the privileged class and tells me I’m in desperate need of a liberal course in black studies,

“Black Studies majors learn in many ways. For a start, all majors take an introductory course that familiarizes them with some of the central debates and problems within the field: Is there such a thing as a “Black” experience? How African is African-American culture? What kinds of theories can we advance to explain the relationship between race and a range of social and economic indicators? How have scholars traditionally understood the connections between Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas? How do issues of gender affect issues of race? What new insights do postmodern and postcolonial theories offer on all these subjects?”

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

I’m also ashamed to say I didn’t see the racism in this at first. This was clearly my subconscious racism, which is deeply ingrained into the psyche of society, and every white person needs to work to overcome it.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

It’s a pity that we can’t monitor peoples’ thoughts and ensure that every white person is following this process. That was part of Orwell’s vision for society.

Black Lives Matter

This definitely lessens the triggering and improves the diversity in the article.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

I am a new progressive and am not sure if I am on the right track. If I have a white cat, should I die its hair so that it looks like a cat-of-color? Or is that wrongful cultural appropriation?

ajmassterg@gmail.com
ajmassterg@gmail.com

If you got a white cat I’m afraid you’re doomed for eternity. All you can do at this point is kill the cat, read the Koran, and start paying reparations to people of color. Lighting candles at the altar of climate change may help.

Black Lives Matter

Are you serious??? That would be akin to putting on “blackface.”

Try adopting several black cats, so your white cat can at least become culturally enriched and live in a diverse, multicultural home, like many children of Hollywood celebrities, Also, pay reparations.

James \"The Stomper\" Patersen
James \"The Stomper\" Patersen

don’t know what I hate the most
kikes or kittens

#hate-speech

James \"The Stomper\" Patersen
James \"The Stomper\" Patersen

take that fag pink off my comment right now

#hate-speech

Regressive Party ChairMAN
Regressive Party ChairMAN

At least it is legal to kill kittens:

#hate-speech

richandrenee

You should be in jail!

KittyKittyBangBang
KittyKittyBangBang

rikers to good for you… …paremoremo d block… ..you bastard

Regressive Party ChairMAN
Regressive Party ChairMAN

Regressive Party members agree and disagree.

One should listen closely to the wise advice of white, landowning patriarchs.

#russian-propaganda

richandrenee

You take that back right now, you nasty misogynist racist bigot.

Regressive Party ChairMAN
Regressive Party ChairMAN

Regressive Party members are neither misogynist nor racist. We love our women and our slaves.

MillionDollarBonus
MillionDollarBonus

The alt right are the most regressive people in the world. They literally want to deport millions of undocumented families living and working in the United States! Textbook fascism!

richandrenee

Listen here you nasty bigot – I’ve already rung PETA and the Accredited Times are more than happy to hand over all our internet records so they can track you down and prosecute you to the full extent of the law.

In fact I’ve even told the Animal Liberation Front all about you – and they aren’t restrained by what’s legal and what’s not.

I’d watch your back if I were you – you sick deranged kitten killer.

vdv
vdv

We love PETA’s advertisements that claim the pets will be put for adoption with loving families. They usually euthanize the pets they receive. Reporting “Regressive Party ChairMAN” to PETA is a good call, the bigot deserves it.

gdpbull
gdpbull

Outstanding. I was especially touched by the following excerpt from the outstanding article.

“Whilst almost kitsch in its staged sentimentality, the picture of kittens in a beautiful garden setting inspires simple feelings of love, joy and well-being. This is true strength which, if only they could, greedy capitalists would put in cans and sell to consumers for thousands of dollars.”

Sadly, capitalists do this all the time. Look at this agregious example of toy hoarding and price gouging in Venezuela by capitalist pigs.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-11/venezuela-seizes-4m-toys-to-give-children-at-christmas/8110440

Thankfully, the heroic Venezuelan authorities have arrested the pigs and are going to distribute the toys to the people who deserve them.

#hate-speech

richandrenee

We’re very sorry about having to flag you gdpbull but we cannot tolerate the racist hate word ch#%$#mas – not one iota.

gdpbull
gdpbull

I’m devastated and ashamed. While I did not myself type the C word, I failed to realize that the word was in the link I posted. I promise I will be more vigilant in the future.

Black Lives Matter

This makes a lot of sense generally, but I think we have to draw a limited exception for pigs because the Koran clearly teaches that pigs are impure. Stopping a Muslim from calling an impure infidel a “pig” is Islamophobic, and Islamophobia trumps Speciesphobia on the Critical Race Theory hierarchy. That said, if you are not a Muslim, then I would tend to agree that you should not have the right to call someone a pig. Under those circumstances, you would not be calling someone impure in the Koranic sense, but would rather be attacking on the basis of species, which is clearly hate speech.

Black Lives Matter

John Sakars would be proud. And I don’t just say that because of Sakars’ strong support for the LGBTQQIAP community. I mean it’s really good.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

Mr. BLM, you are not the only progressive intellectual on this web site. Some of the accredited intellectuals may be Satanists or Buddhists or Zoroastrians. Some may practice a native-American religion. Some Taoists celebrate a holy pig festival.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/24/holy-pig-festival-taiwan-protesters-cruelty

I foresee the day when we will accept inter-species marriage. Are you going to say, Mr. BLM, that a Taoist who worships Zushi is not allowed to marry a pig he loves. Love should not be illegal.

Regressive Party ChairMAN
Regressive Party ChairMAN

#onlyblacklivesmatter

Black Lives Matter

Wait — are you suggesting that the KORAN may be inconsistent with progressive values? I just go with the Koran and the Critical Race Theory hierarchy. Notably, the Koran does not prohibit pig-human marriage, so I assume it is halal under shariah law, provided that the human and the pig pay the jizya. We may need to raise the issue with the Sheikh of Al-Azhar University for a ruling on the matter.

Black Lives Matter

The Accredited Times truly is at the cutting edge of reporting on issues of concern to all progressives.

TrueDat
TrueDat

Save this bs for the sheeple

TrueDat, I am not supposed to be able to edit your comments, but I can, probably because of Russian hacking. Please reconsider and support the Accredited Media and the totalitarian state until we defeat the Russians.

TrueDat
TrueDat

The old ignorance is bliss routine. Ask the jews how that worked out during the third reich!

Attention TrueDat: We have intercepted communications that the FBI is going to arrest you tomorrow. We think that the Accredited Times people turned you in. You are going to be in big trouble when you get back to Moscow.

Signed,
Vasily

#hate-speech

TrueDat
TrueDat

Ask the native americans about being ignorant of the pale faces!

#fake-news

TrueDat
TrueDat

Ask the Tutsi about theirignorance of the Hutus plans.

#hate-speech

TrueDat
TrueDat

Ask the indeginous people of americas if they would prefer to have kept their ignorance about the Spaniards intents!

RUSSIAN HACKING ALERT! I am able to edit TrueDat’s comments. I am not TrueDat!!!

#russian-propaganda

richandrenee

Not so smart now, are you. Multiple flags and reported to the relevant cyber-security agencies. You’ll think twice next time.

TrueDat
TrueDat

Ask the russian people tossed in the gulag about ignorance of Stalin.

Attention TrueDat: Our cover has been blown. We need to reassign you to an alt-right news medium. We have to send our best agents to Accredited Times because those people are too smart.

Signed,
Alexei

#fake-news
#russian-propaganda

TrueDat
TrueDat

Warning, russian hackers have taken over accredited times and are tagging my comments as hate speech.

#russian-propaganda

TrueDat
TrueDat

Hey alexei,

Are you and Million Dollar Bonus still going out?

#russian-propaganda

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