Politics And Economy By George Orwell

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Politics and Economy Imagine a world where every thought, every belief, that ever came to mind was shared with everyone. It would start many unnecessary fights, unnecessary wars. The world would be chaotic. Luckily, this is not the case. The only ideas that are shared through others are in the actions we take and the words we speak. John Ruskin explains this ideology when he conveys, “What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” Ruskin is correct in his philosophy about our actions and behavior. George Orwell demonstrates the quote by Ruskin in his piece of writing Shooting an Elephant. This story not only applies to the first, but also the second sentence of the quote. When Ruskin states, “what we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence,” he is explaining how daily thoughts are not taken into account. He finishes the quote by saying, “the only consequence is what we do.” This says that the only thing people judge are our actions. Orwell has this same thought process. In his essay, the main character is given a decision. Whether to shoot and kill someone else’s elephant, or to let it live and disappoint the many faces waiting anxiously for him to shoot the animal. He decides to shoot the elephant. Orwell explains how, “I did not want to shoot the elephant...It seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him.” However, he does not show or speak about how he does not
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