[I know, all I do these days is quote books, but this passage has been on my mind, especially in relation to Mr Schlect's discussions of the nature of history.]

from chapter 1, as Winston is beginning his first diary entry:
For whom, it suddenly occurred to him to wonder, was he writing this diary? For the future, for the unborn. [...] For the first time the magnitude of what he had undertaken came home to him. How could you communicate with the future? It was of its nature impossible. Either the future would resemble the present, in which case it would not listen to him: or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless.


  1. This also is vapor, a grasping after the wind.

    "We see things not as they are, but as we are."

    But thanks be to God who's given us His Spirit that our labor is not in vain, and that we may indeed know, even as we are known.

    "For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting Spiritual truths to those who are Spiritual.

    The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are Spiritually discerned. The Spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. "For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ."

  2. Hence, to continue the quotation spree, all knowledge that begin not with His glory is but an elaborate and exquisite ignorance.

  3. *Singing*
    "He is the image of the invisible God,
    the firstborn over all creation...

    ..."For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority."