what does "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" mean?
what is the meaning of the quote about
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Its pretty clear. When everyone believes lies, the truth is unbelievable.
- 6 years ago
Though widely attributed to George Orwell, there seems to be no evidence he ever wrote or even spoke the phrase. Among other works, Orwell wrote the novel "1984" which described a nightmarish totalitarian police state in which the government habitually lied to the people and waged a senseless endless war with countless unmanned bombs raining down from the skies to aid their grip on absolute power. The state of war justified revoking human rights and spying on citizens everywhere they went, even in their homes. Unorthodox thoughts, let alone speech or written word, were considered a serious crime. Everyone was commanded to not only accept, but learn to love Big Brother, the symbolic embodiment of the government, as their source of security, wisdom, food and shelter.
So, if you read this quote in an Orwellian context, who DID write that all political speech & writings are by nature a fog of lies, and who was evidently dedicated to economic justice & personal freedoms, you can probably assume the actual author of this quote intended “revolutionary” to imply: seditious, subversive, advocating radical change...to speak the “truth” when nearly everyone is living in an artificial fantasy world can be perceived as an attack on the fantasy and those feeding us the “lies”, be they governments, religions, corporations – anyone having the money, power and desire to control the spread of information and ideas.
An actual Orwell quote: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
- Anonymous9 years ago
It means that because so many people these days lie so much, telling the truth is an amazing thing that is not often seen.
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- DouglasLv 79 years ago
It means that if everyone is a liar then telling the truth is a big deal.
- Anonymous4 years ago
yes, it might be true but it depends