In his prescient political novel, 1984, George Orwell writes that “doublethink” is the “power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them . . . .”
Here in Wisconsin we are in the middle of deer hunting season. On the front page of last Saturday’s Janesville Gazette, the local newspaper, two stories were featured. Above the fold was a story celebrating the killing of a two hundred pound, eleven point, buck by a twelve year old boy. The story points out that it was the boy’s first kill, and that he brought down this magnificent animal with only one shot.
Below the fold appeared a story documenting the progress of the local Humane Society’s effort to expand its foster care program for homeless animals.
Cruelty toward the first group of animals is socially approved, while cruelty toward the second group will likely land you in jail.
Thank you, George Orwell, for helping me understand this feature of Wisconsin culture.