It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like 1984

Alicen Grey
5 min readDec 3, 2020

Hello lovelings! Please be aware that due to censorship by, I will be writing on my personal platform from now on. All my essays, including this one, are now available there.


It is all at once a cultural value, a spiritual ideal, and an ethical mandate.

But, observing the current state of our shared reality, I wonder if we even know what Truth is.

If the title of this article enticed you enough to make you click, you probably already know that your words impact your world. Maybe you believe words merely groom your subconscious, creating a new perception of a thing without necessarily changing the thing itself. Or maybe you believe words are the literal vibratory substance the world is made of. Either way, we can at least agree that words play a key role in determining the version of reality we experience.

So if we’re operating from the assumption that language is a creative tool, and furthermore, that it is our responsibility to make positive contributions to reality using what we have, for the sake of our community…. then in this ominous time of COVID-1984, it is high time to ask ourselves:

How honest are we, really? — with ourselves, our loved ones, and our community at large?
How much more honest are we willing to become?

Think of literally any social ill you wish didn’t exist. You think it exists outside of you, yes? You think you have nothing to do with how it came to be.

But I’d wager a guess that you do. We all do. And most of the time, we don’t even know it.

Take for example, pedophilia. Most people think of themselves as being against pedophilia. But how many of those same people, do you think, use the word “baby” to describe their romantic partner?

Stop and think about that.
We use the same word “baby” to mean both “infant” and “person I have sex with.”
What the fuck.

Alicen Grey