Since the 2016 elections there has been renewed interest in reading the novel 1984, by English author, George Orwell. Some people seem to think this important work, published in 1949, is actually a prediction of where our society is currently headed.
While I have always enjoyed reading 1984, I believe another great work of Orwell’s is more germane.
Animal Farm, is an allegorical novella of a society that loses its way, following the leadership of a dishonest, con-man politician. This society evolves into a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality enforced by a reign of terror.
Yet, while we are facing a somewhat similar situation today, I don’t believe Orwell was psychic.
The author wrote this book, he said, because he was a was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism.
Animal Farm merely proves that history has a remarkable habit of repeating itself.
It is, therefore, our responsibility to learn the lessons history teaches so as to avoid the pitfalls of the past.
Perhaps someday we will get it right.