Syme had vanished.
A morning came, and he was missing from work....
The only real clue lay in the words 'refs unperson'.


He had ceased to exist:
he had never existed.

To Orwell Today,

Thank-you for your excellent article on the moon hoaxes. To take your reasoning only slightly further, I have decided that you do not exist.

Sam Heath

Greetings Sam,

I guess you WISH I didn't exist - or was "vaporized" - like in "1984" for my "rebellious and skeptical attitude" regarding the existence of men on the moon back in '69 or since.

But in reality, I DO exist. I KNOW because, to quote Descartes: "I think, therefore I am".

What about you? Do you think you exist?

Someone who did exist - and will exist for time immemorial through THE MOON SONG - is Dave Hook - the most valued contributor to the MOON HOAX section of "Orwell Today".

Dave Hook Moon CD

Watch (if you have eyes to see) and listen (if you have ears to hear) to: The Moon Song, on You Tube

All the best,
Jackie Jura

PS - Go to some previous thoughts on thinking: THINKERS ANONYMOUS and DON'T ABSTAIN FROM THINKING

PPS - Below are some of Orwell's thoughts on thinking and existence. Does Orwell exist? Does this website dedicated to him - "Orwell Today" - exist?

1.Winston's Diary (...Thought crime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death.... How could you make appeal to the future when not a trace of you, not even an anonymous word scribbled on a piece of paper, could physically survive? He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear. But so long as he uttered it, in some obscure way the continuity was not broken. It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage....)

3.Surveillance (....Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull...)

5.Pyramidal New World Order (The two aims of the Party are to: (1) - extinquish once and for all the possibility of independent thought.... There are therefore two great problems which the Party is concerned to solve. One is: (1) - how to discover, against his will, what another human being is thinking...)

17.Falsification of Past (... Julia did not feel the abyss opening beneath her feet at the thought of lies becoming truths. He said, "Do you realize that the past, starting from yesterday, has been actually abolished? If it survives anywhere, it's in a few solid objects with no words attached to them, like that lump of glass there.... She believed, for instance, having learnt it at school that the Party had invented aeroplanes. And when he told her that aeroplanes had been in existence before he was born, and long before the Revolution, the fact struck her as totally uninteresting. After all, what did it matter who had invented aeroplanes? .... They remembered a million useless things, a quarrel with a workmate, a hunt for a lost bicycle pump, but all the relevant facts were outside the range of their vision. They were like the ant, which can see small objects but not large ones. And when memory failed and written records were falsified - when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standard against which it could be tested....)

20.Thought Police (...People who had incurred the displeasure of the Party simply disappeared and were never heard of again. One never had the smallest clue as to what had happened to them. The only real clue lay in the words 'refs unpersons', which indicated that the person was dead. He did not exist: he had never existed....)

21.Crimestop (... Speculations which might possibly induce a sceptical or rebellious attitude are killed in advance by his early acquired inner discipline....Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity....)

23.The Proles ("If there was hope, it must lie in the proles.... If only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength. Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious....)

27.Goodthink (...Unquestionably Syme will be vaporized, Winston thought... He said things that would have been better unsaid, he had read too many books, he frequented the Chestnut Tree Cafe, haunt of painters and musicians.... Syme had vanished. A morning came, and he was missing from work: a few thoughtless people commented on his absence. On the next day nobody mentioned him. On the third day Winston went into the vestibule of the Records Department to look at the notice-board. One of the notices carried a printed list of the members of the Chess Committee, of whom Syme had been one. It looked almost exactly as it had looked before -- nothing had been crossed out -- but it was one name shorter. It was enough. Syme had ceased to exist: he had never existed....)

28.Reality Control (...They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.... It was as though some huge force were pressing down upon you - something that penetrated inside your skull, battering against your brain, frightening you out of your beliefs, persuading you, almost, to deny the evidence of your senses. In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it.... The heresy of heresies was common sense. And they would kill you for thinking otherwise. The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.... And yet he was right! They were wrong and he was right. At one time it had been a sign of madness to believe that the earth goes round the sun. Being a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad. The obvious, the silly, and the true had to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth's centre. With the feeling that he was speaking directly to O'Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, Winston wrote: Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows....)

Jackie Jura
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