It began with
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
and grew into a movement
that extends beyond fiction into fact.
Doublespeak is the matter-antimatter collision
of thought in which opposing ideas
react to obliterate logic.
It defines a world in which
Hate is love
Hope is despair
Reality is illusion
so that truths and untruths swirl
together and all things are subject to
interpretation, reinterpretation, subjugation.
It is a ship of fools ultimately destined
to runaground on one inescapable rock:
facts do not cease to be true just
because someone is refusing
to acknowledge their truth,
and reality is what remains
even if you disbelieve it.
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The three italicized lines come from the novel 1984. The term doublespeak also derives from there, via the word doublethink used in the novel.