Imagination & Captivity

Literature is doomed if liberty of thought perishes.

Not only is it doomed in any country which retains a totalitarian structure; but any writer who adopts the totalitarian outlook, who finds excuses for persecution and the falsification of reality, thereby destroys himself as a writer.

Unless spontaneity enters at some point or another, literary creation is impossible, and language itself becomes something totally different from what it is now, we may learn to separate literary creation from intellectual honesty. At present we know only that the imagination, like certain wild animals, will not breed in captivity.

George Orwell

bekitschig blog Imagination like certain wild animals will not breed in captivity George Orwell

You can read the entire passage here.

While many of us live more or less in captivity of our own home this year, for some this actually frees creativity.

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11 thoughts on “Imagination & Captivity

  1. Interesting quote Jeanine … I know some people who got things done during lockdown … I got very little done as things really didn’t change that much for me … that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

    1. Hi Linda, first time around I accomplished a lot of sleeping in! This time we’re a bit more productive. We’re sorting out ‘those corners’ and are getting a new dresser. Yesterday the new couch arrived. When they lock Berlin after Christmas we’ll be nice and comfy and slothing around ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Sleeping is good! I need to get more sleep … we’re all sleep deprived I think, but yes, you are all set now for comfiness and slothing around. When I was walking through the neighborhood to get to the Park in the Spring, in that initial lockdown, most workplaces and schools shut down. People were ordering home improvement stuff online and every Monday which is trash day in the ‘hood, I’d see carpeting, old vanities, cupboards, toilets … people were doing lots of home improvement. I got NOTHING done!

  2. I love this quotation and the fact that the illustration is a bluebird of happiness, because it is our imaginations that will keep us sane during this tough time.

    1. Thank you, I agree. Although, I know a few people that are pretty happy to hide at home ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the long run we all need human conact!

  3. I am grateful that I have not become ill. As far as creativity, I came up with some new ideas and followed through. And I’ve done more work around the house. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. You have a really good point there! I think I am more scared of quaratnine for 2 weeks than Corona but fingers crossed, it’s not affecting us, just yet. We’ve painted and bought new furniture and sort through things … I wish I could accomplish more with the extra time … Stay healthy & happy!

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