Watch the video above. The imposing man on the screen was a depiction of the character Big Brother from the book Nineteen-Eighty Four by George Orwell. Mr Orwell also wrote another book called Animal Farm. Ikeda Sensei shared Animal Farm in one of his lectures. You can also read about it here in Quiet Revolution (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).
In the advertisement above, “Big Brother” said the following:
“My friends, each of you is a single cell in the great body of the State. And today, that great body has purged itself of parasites. We have triumphed over the unprincipled dissemination of facts. The thugs and wreckers have been cast out. And the poisonous weeds of disinformation have been consigned to the dustbin of history.
Let each and every cell rejoice! For today we celebrate the first, glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directive! We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology, where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thought is a more powerful weapon than any fleet or army on Earth!
We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion! We shall prevail!“
The commercial above is a legendary and controversial commercial signifying the launch of the Apple Macintosh computer. What’s interesting in the commercial is that it portrayed a vision of Orwellian era, where humans are automatons and only followed instructions blindly. The advertisement took place in an auditorium where rows upon rows of slack-jawed, drone-like workers was watching an image of Big Brother spouting ideological doctrines on a huge screen.
That’s the vibe coming out from yesterday’s (12 March 2017) All Leaders Meet. When a group of WD raised their hands to ask GD some questions, the MC quickly announced something, the music played and right on queue, the audience clapped. The claps drowned out the question while Big Brother sat up there, posing for the live telecast, as though nothing happened just 10 meters in front of him.
And what’s scary was that outside, a few police officers were on stand by, called by SGM earlier in anticipation of another demonstration.
And yet, the people in the hall clapped again when the WD stood up for the second time to ask questions, the thunderous clapping drowning out her questioning.
Big Brother subsequently brought up the topic of social media. He asked the congregation not to read blogs and social media because when one read these websites, one will start to have doubts and start to ask questions. And when one have questions, one is already defeated by the devilish functions.
Big Brother is telling all of us on IPA that day not to use our own judgement when reading. And that we should not start to ask questions. Because asking questions are evil.
It’s Nineteen Eighty Four all over again. That video above is a scary reminder why we should all break through and not become a drone who blindly accepts and follows out of fear of authorities.