What year is it again? 2017.

Photo via NY Times.

“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” — George Orwell, 1984

Well, here we are. After months of buffoonery we have finally inherited our alternative reality.

Despite an the insufferable proceedings deemed the ‘peaceful transition of power’ on Friday I feel hopeful. Saturday I attended the Women’s March in San Francisco with people of all walks of life, I knew we would be okay in the end.

Sadly, the United States will be a reality show for the next two or four years. Alternative fact or actual truth? Who knows.

What I do know is that we cannot sit idly by and give the administration a chance anymore. We are only 4 days in and they have shown how they intend to govern. In this short period of time we have seen attacks on our bodies, freedom of speech, and environment — NOW is the time to act.

We cannot believe the falsehoods that they eschew. As Orwell wrote, “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” (1984)

We must organize and fight. NOW. We must defend the truth. Facts. Reality.

I am conscious, are you? “Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”