Aside

A quote from the great book, 1984. If you haven’t read it, perhaps you should. Wake up and see the truth before it’s too late. Stop letting them make you all into proles. Stop letting them hypnotize and brainwash you into complacent slaves that foolishly hope the lottery will end your lives of struggle. It is a farce, a deception, a mass lie. Inform yourselves. Love to all.

http://www.literaturecollection.com/a/orwell/1984/8/ 

1984, Chapter 8 

…They were talking about the Lottery. Winston looked back when he had gone thirty metres. They were still arguing, with vivid, passionate faces. The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made a living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and lucky amulets. Winston had nothing to do with the running of the Lottery, which was managed by the Ministry of Plenty, but he was aware (indeed everyone in the party was aware) that the prizes were largely imaginary. Only small sums were actually paid out, the winners of the big prizes being non-existent persons. In the absence of any real inter-communication between one part of Oceania and another, this was not difficult to arrange….

Their Lottery

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