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The day I stopped double-thinking

In the book Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, the rulers of a futuristic society develop a language called "Newspeak." One of the words of this terse language is doublethink, which means to advocate one view while privately, perhaps even subconsciously, holding another.

I would never have called it double-thinking at the time, and yet that's pretty much what I was doing at one point several years ago. I had suffered from intense discomfort any time I was quite active during hot weather. I had become accustomed to anticipating acute pain and debilitation and would even adjust my schedule to avoid exerting myself when it was hot outside.

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