Animal Farm Real World Example

843 WordsOct 8, 19994 Pages
Humankind has always had a thirst for power; over its peers, environment and spiritual beliefs. To quench this thirst it has gone as far as genocide; but has often employed more subtle techniques, such as mind control. In today’s socio-economical and political worlds, mind control plays a key role in dictating tastes and lifestyles; as well as controlling political thoughts, views, and people’s understanding of the world. It is accomplished using various channels to condition people’s thinking. Publicity and advertisement campaigns saturate people with products, broadcasting over radio, and television which in itself is a prime example. Many religions employ mind control, conditioning their followers to obey without…show more content…
This is exemplified in the modern day conflicts in Northern Ireland, where Catholics and Protestants fight one another, killing each other over differing religious opinions. All the above controlling groups are similar to ‘the Party’, in their desire to shape people’s thoughts to their own device and to place specific elements in a desirable light. They are different to the Party in that, they do not posses complete control over the people’s minds, there are still many people who see the above situations for what it really is: manipulation. In the book very few could see that, and those who could were powerless against it. To be evil is to be morally bad, wicked; and to classify something as morally bad, it has to be compared to the moral standards of the entity in question. Thus evil is a relative term. I believe that none of these groups are evil, I do not even believe that the party was evil, only afraid. For were we to ask the Party’s members whether they believed in that which they were doing, I presume that they would respond unequivocally, “Yes!”. They were afraid of losing power over the people, afraid of allowing people the right to choose, for fear that they would choose differently, becoming individuals. They were just as afraid as some of the above groups, although they
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