George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 7 "The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command."

  • I would suggest that:

    1 - Epicurus anticipated the need to say this by about 2000 years,

    2 - That the need to say it was planted firmly at least as far back as Plato, and by every Greek philosopher before and after who rejected the senses as the ultimate source of all reliable source of information, and

    3 - Orwell was right and in league with Epicurus in identifying lack of confidence in the senses as the ultimate weapon of those who consider themselves "the golden" elite:

    George Orwell Nineteen Eight-Four - Book 1, Chapter 7.

    (I know nothing about that page except that it came up first in my googling for a well-formatted copy.)