The terrible thing that the Party had done was to persuade you that mere impulses, mere feelings, were of no account, while at the same time robbing you of all power over the material world. When once you were in the grip of the Party, what you felt or did not feel, what you did or refrained from doing, made literally no difference. Whatever happened you vanished, and neither you nor your actions were ever heard of again. You were lifted clean out of the stream of history.
And yet to people of only two generations ago, this would not have seemed all-important, because they were not attempting to alter history. They were governed by private loyalties which they did not question. What mattered were individual relationships, and a completely helpless gesture, an embrace, a tear, a word spoken to a dying man, could have value in itself. The Proles, it suddenly occurred to him, had remained in this condition. They were not loyal to a party or a country or an idea, they were loyal to one another.
For the first time in his life he did not despise the Proles or think of them merely as an inert force which would one day spring to life and regenerate the world.
The Proles had stayed human. They had not become hardened inside. They had held onto the primitive emotions which he himself had to relearn by conscious effort.
And in thinking this he remembered, without apparent relevance, how a few weeks ago he had seen a severed hand lying on the pavement and had kicked it into the gutter as though it had been a cabbage stalk.
“The Proles are human beings,” he said aloud. “We are not human.”
George Orwell 1949
This passage is an accurate description of where society is at present. This is how we currently exist…it is your understood norm. And the subgroup of the story, the Proles, in current times would be viewed by the herd as nasty and uncivilized savages or as crazy, drug addicted, sexual deviant, unsaved, rebellious sinners, whose intentions and “value” would be distorted by the herd masters to the label of archaic dull-witted beasts or lunatic anti-societal madmen…both silly dreamers who are so “out of touch with ‘reality’” and extremely “dangerous to listen to.” Incidentally, this is also how the herd would label the true incarnation of Christ should he return and begin once more to deliver his genuine and original message (regarding individual relationships) to the world. And the Party could be either the Republicans, or the Democrats, or the church, or the indentured slave consumer group that you belong to by passive default which feeds the corporate masters Party, or any of the other various institutions…these groups are all the “Party” and most of you are they. Healthy synergistic individual relationships in our current day have for the most part been completed obliterated….replaced by false pathologic union with your phone or the TV or ear buds or meaningless herd drama of inconsequence (the weather, the news, politics, war propaganda, scapegoat crucifixion) or destabilizing tactics from one or both parties being directed at the other. True conversation with and personal loyalty towards another human is almost dead and most of that which hasn’t been killed off completely, has been severely infected with hypocrisy to become the assumed new standard of interaction. “Selfies” rule or your “marketed image” on Linked In rules or your copy and paste political statement rules or Fox news rules or obviously illogical church doctrine rules… and meanwhile no one stops to think….stops to take the time to think with their own brain….to form their own opinion….to contemplate their own thoughts and their words and rational in entirety…to challenge their own belief systems first and with priority…to slow down all of it….all…so you can actually think…..to stop finding excuses to move faster and faster and faster in frantic fashion, so you then have a reason to explain your malfunctioning brain and behavior…a reason, different than personal negligence, to elucidate why your logic is flawed and poisoned…..reasons and reasons and reasons to avoid true conversation…and thus, to also avoid individual relationships of worth, respect, understanding, union, and vulnerability. Overwhelmingly, the herd has shed its humanity. They will say different and trumpet loudly their distorted comforting delusional propaganda which has been provided for them by whatever Party they favor the most, but nonetheless, their actions illustrate the truth. Instability, the absence of peace, and elaborate mechanisms of self-deception dominate the herd’s existence.