Jejudo, South Korea
Following Local Rebel's post in the Alley:
"The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential, command. [Winston's] heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate . . . And yet he was in the right! . . . The obvious, the silly, and the true has got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! the solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth's centre. With the feeling that he was speaking to O'Brien, and also that he was setting forth and important axiom, [Winston] wrote: 'Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows."
One question regarding this passage is interesting:
Which is more important:
1. The freedom to say "the truth".
2. The freedom to disagree with a government.