“1984” is a book based on a dying man’s greatest fears: that he would lose his freedom to the point of not being able to even think a private thought. If the author had not been suffering a severe illness, it may have had a happier ending. I have neither read the book nor seen the movie, but I have read enough book reviews to decide I would not like to read it. I prefer stories with happy endings or at least that resolved the problem.
My greatest fear is not in that room, it’s what is going on outside the room. I believe my greatest fear would be the loss of my basic needs: shelter, food, water. I could likely deal with whatever was in the room as long as I was fed, warm, and watered routinely. I’m not saying it would be easy, only that it would be easier to deal with issues you know and understand. If someone said they will return in good time to torture you, you could fear their return until they arrive or you could leave it go and deal with it when the time comes. I think most of us would dwell within the promised pain rather than wait even though we can do nothing about it. Our own minds torture us more severely than any physical damage could.
I think our fear of the unknown tortures us more than we realize. I believe that fear is directly related to hate crimes and internet-based prejudice. We don’t know, we don’t understand, so we fear and when we fear we become aggressive. Some of the reviewers on the book “1984” were pointing at the words saying see, Big Brother, see, cameras everywhere; however, they are bringing their own reality in from the book based on their own fears of being controlled. In the book, cameras and thought police were used to make certain that everyone was doing only what was permitted. In reality, the cameras and laws are designed to protect those that are doing nothing wrong. If the cameras should catch someone doing wrong, the images are used as evidence in court. Not the same as the book; unless you are in the habit of doing wrong, no one is watching you. In our minds we create fear and only in our minds can we battle it.