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>"I'm 42 and tired" — Malin Berggren.
>I'm 42. Until the year 2002, when I retired, I worked, hard, since I was 17. Despite some health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and never called in sick. I am wealthy, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
>I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.
>I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes", I’m tired of being told that Islam is a "religion of peace", I’m tired of being told that "Israel is our friend", I’m tired of being told that "everyone is equal", I’m tired of being told that "there are no races", I’m tired of seeing my country being overrun by outsiders while my culture is destroyed.
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I am reading Naguib Mahfouz's Children of the Alley, and it got me thinking about Abrahamic religions again. (The novel is splendid, you should all read it.)
So, what if God really is an angry old omnipotent omniscient man who lives alone and is playing a game with us?
Also, from WP:
> The protagonist of the book's fifth section is Arafa (????), who symbolises modern science and, significantly, comes after all prophets, while all of their followers claim Arafa as one of their own.
Orwell, 1984 and the Soviet Union
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I'm currently writing an essay on how George Orwell was criticizing the soviet Union with 1984.
The book takes place in a totalitarian state that uses very much the same methods that the Communist Party was using to stay in control, the class system, love for Big Brother, faking news, always on the brink of way, shortage of everything. What am I missing?
All google shows me is people saying "dont let the gov control yo lives!!!"
>inb4 do your own homework
Awesome writers and poets
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>"He went over with bombs in daylight, under covering fire from a couple of rifles, and scared away the occupants. A pointless feat, since instead of signalling for reinforcements, he sat down in the German trench and began reading a book of poems which he had brought with him. When he went back he did not even report. Colonel Stockwell, then in command, raged at him. The attack on Mametz wood had been delayed for two hours because British patrols were still reported to be out. "British patrols" were Siegfried and his book of poems."
Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That (London: Penguin, 1960), p. 174.