Orwell on Truth

Orwell on Truth

You probably have seen this one before, but it is worth repeating.

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

– George Orwell

This quote by Orwell on truth is well known, but we should focus less on using it as a cudgel against a political enemy du jour and more on its enduring message. All societies have a relationship with truth. No society has a perfect relationship with truth. All societies drift closer to and farther away from truth. And all societies drift closer to and farther away from hating those who seek and speak truth. Too many people fear the difficult work of seeking truth. Intellectuals have always been a target not just of the power structure, but of people in general.

So, instead of using this or other quotations because the other party is currently in power, reflect on the deeper meaning they contain. Instead of using quotations to attack, use their ideas to build a better society. We all need to ask ourselves what we value and why and how we can make our world a better place. How far have you drifted from truth and what is your attitude toward those who speak it?

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