1984 and all that

As we walk outside through Westfields Southern Terrace, a man stands clear in the middle of the throng and rails, alone, shouting at the very top of his voice that this is all to end. We are blind and we are all lost.
 
Not sure it was an evangalist. Not sure that he was not on drugs or drink.
 
But there was something more disconcerting. Everybody looked at him for a second and then looked away. Was he going to attack anyone? No.
 
What is extraordinary is how people have become anesthetised. The general hub-bub of the shoppers life continued but you definitely get a sense that people have been repressed in their reactions. Almost nothing shocks us except for extreme violence or death. Has television really made us immune to the simple pleasures of feeling?
 
What will be the effect when a switch is thrown and people are eventual shocked by an experience? Is this why after actually shocking events like bombing, people need trauma counselling - even if they were not there. Did we need counselling during the blitz? Because peace and society hide the nature of our true world, when our world is suddenly revealed to us a traumatising nightmare ensues.
 
Does this happen in Israel and Iraq? As violence and troubles are constant and people are on their guard, when it does strike, people are prepared in some small way. Their acceptance that their is an inevitability about the choice that they stay in dangerous circumstances. It prepares them.
 
When a bright thing fails for the first time, say at 30 instead of 19, their life may crash more resolutely. The more we hold off the real experience the worse it gets. Does television really prepare us? No. No matter how many films prepare us for extraordinary explosions and alien invasions: the real experience is far more engrossing and convincing.
 
I am also saddened that everybody who could hear the man in the terrace did not really listen. Will we all have an opportunity to shout and be heard? No. When it comes to our turn, will anybody hear us? No. That is the repression that our society has given us. Doesn't it surprise you to see people in the streets in the Middle East thrusting a coffin or burning flags or simply celebrating with such vigour: their expression is unfettered by their culture and society.
 
Ours is worse off by its lack of committment to protest and our lack of vigour.