God alone has power

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.

Unselfishness feels so good
October 19, 1998

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