Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Doublethink is a term from Orwell’s 1984, which means the ability to hold two contradictory ideas, themes, arguments at the same time, i.e. to believe that one thing and its opposite are both true.
Doublethink is not hypocrisy as the person actually believes in both things, even though they contradict. A good example of doublethink is when a sales person convinces themself that their company products are the very best, yet they personally prefer a competitor’s product.
Doublethink is to know and to not know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it. To forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink
This thinking obliterates every aspect of tangible reality, utterly destroying objectiveness by claiming that everything subjective, while holding that we are indeed being objective in our observations.
How can you know, yet not know something? Doublethink is based on “Reality Control”; you can control your own reality, all you have to do is imagine something, think it, and it becomes real.
Summing-up: Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. Knowing that one or more of them must be untrue, yet holding them all to be true when it is convenient for each to be so, while denying that it is so.