The Official Story or the Popular Rumor

In an article by Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair, titled The Importance of Being Orwell, Hitchens quotes Orwell’s diary as saying:

We are all drowning in filth. When I talk to anyone or read the writings of anyone who has any axe to grind, I feel that intellectual honesty and balanced judgement have simply disappeared from the face of the earth. Everyone’s thought is forensic, everyone is simply putting a “case” with deliberate suppression of his opponents point of view, and, what is more, with complete insensitiveness to any sufferings except those of himself and his friends.

Later Hitchens says of Orwell, “This need to know things at the level of basic experience, and the reluctance to be fobbed off by the official story or the popular rumor, was a part of the infinite capacity for taking pains that Thomas Carlyle once described as the constituent of genius.”

I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 1:9, “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.”

Today we are also drowning in the filth of the official story or popular rumor regarding science. Evolutionists simply put their “case” with deliberate suppression of their opponents point of view.


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