George Orwell's 1984, in preview. Perhaps the desire was not so much to be liked as it was to be understood. " "Whoever has authority over the past has control over the future. " Whoever has authority over the present has influence over the past."
This is an example of a philosophical statement made by George Orwell. As with all philosophers, their work can be used to support many different views of life and the world.
Orwell's novel 1984 is set in a future world controlled by the government called Oceania. The two countries that make up Oceania are Big Brother and Winston Smith. Big Brother is the ruler of Oceania and he makes sure that everyone lives according to the rules given by him. Winston is a writer for a newspaper called The Morning Star and he writes about current events related to Oceania. One day, Winston sees Big Brother giving orders to his army of guards known as the Thought Police. He also sees that some people have been arrested and taken away by the police. When asked about this, Big Brother tells Winston that these are "the past" and nothing to worry about. Using this as evidence, Winston comes to believe that there is no such thing as the past, only what Big Brother says goes.
Orwell uses this quotation in order to show that even though you may think you are free, you are actually being controlled by others.
Whoever has power over the past has control over the future, and whoever has control over the present has control over the past. The finest information regarding what George Orwell's famous remark implies may be found in his justifiably renowned science fiction novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (sometimes known as "1984"). In that work, we are told that history is shaped by those who have the power to make it so. Specifically, Big Brother controls history by using propaganda to create a new reality in which he is the supreme leader. He does this by controlling the news media.
Orwell also tells us that there is no such thing as chance. Everything that happens has a reason. If you look hard enough, then everything must follow a pattern. This isn't necessarily true, but it is useful if you want to manipulate people into doing what you want them to do.
Now, this doesn't mean that you should try to predict the future or attempt to control it; instead, you should only focus on creating conditions that will help you achieve your goals.
For example, if you want others to trust you, then you need to act trustworthy. You can't expect other people to trust you if they don't feel like it can affect you either way. If you want others to respect you, then you need to show them by acting respectful. Don't take advantage of others or try to dominate them - that won't earn them love but rather hatred.
Thoughts on Life's Business Whoever has power over the past has control over the future, and whoever has control over the present has control over the past. All history is a record of the fight between these two powers - time working with change, improvement, and survival of the fittest; memory working against change, preservation of error. If you can forget the events of the past, they will never come back to haunt you. If you cannot forget, they are yours and you have no choice but to live them.
- Albert Einstein
I don't know who controls the present, but I'm sure it's not Einstein.
– Steven Wright
Whoever controls the present controls the past. So let us watch the hands carefully, and see what happens next....
– George Orwell
In times of change, if you depend on memory as your source of information, you are going to be in trouble because hindsight is 20/20 vision. But knowing what will happen next time does not mean that you can control what will happen.
Control of the past insures control of the future because the past may be understood as a set of conditions that justify or promote future goals: if the past was idyllic, people would try to reproduce it; if the past was nightmarish, people will act to avoid such circumstances from repeating again. Thus, individuals who control the past control the future.
The phrase "control of the future" was first used by Winston Churchill in a speech on May 11, 1946. He said: "We must always remember that nothing is more important than keeping ourselves free and independent. The only way we can do this is by making sure that we keep control over our own destinies."
It's often attributed to Voltaire but this is not true. It originated with Churchill who used it in reference to Britain and its allies defeating Hitler. However, it fits with his oration's theme of freedom and independence so he borrowed it from American history for effect.
Nowadays, it's used to describe the ability to affect the future.
The past is controlled by history. The future is controlled by predictions which can be predicted. Prediction is a very difficult task since it requires knowledge of what will happen in the future based on information about the present and assumptions about how current events will affect the future.
History is also difficult to predict since it depends on many factors outside of our control.
Quotes from the Past
"Those who do not study history are destined to repeat it." The remark is most likely attributed to the scholar and philosopher George Santayana, and it originally stated, "Those who cannot recall the past are destined to repeat it."
It has been said that history does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme. This means that what happened in the past may have a resemblance, but it's not exactly the same as today. History always has a pattern to it. If you look at many different events over time, you will see that they follow a general schedule of progression: start something, finish it, progress to another thing.
People love to say that history repeats itself because they want to believe that what they're doing will result in a successful outcome. If this belief was true, then we could predict future events with certainty! The fact is that history does not repeat itself because we are part of a larger pattern that continues forever, or until someone stops it.
In conclusion, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat its mistakes.