That sounds reasonable.No, the message Orwell is delivering is that totalitarianism done right will include complete mind control and that the rulers will be able to subjugate even the most basic human emotions into whatever they choose.
Do you think though that Winston could choose to say "I love BB"? who can ever make you say those words? out of all the possible options of what to say, he realised and learnt and then said that sentence. There's pain from the Party (O'Brien) if he says or thinks anything (negative) else, and acceptance if he says he loves BB. Is there truth/ a message in that?
I see it as loving everything, even what some people hate (or what one previously hated), as the best way to exist in that environment. Forgiveness.
That is something Winston learnt.
Thanks for your perspective. Some thought provoking responses.
Agreed that the methods by the party are not optimal (using pain).
A distinction between humans and animals, insects etc is self-awareness - the capacity to realise ones shortcomings and replace them with a more intelligent way. What could one be more self-aware about then ones own thoughts? which though by cruel methods, did results in would you agree - the ideal attitude?
true the machine demanded subservience, and Winston instead of clashing, gave love. He was the machine/animal/insect/amoeba which are without self-awareness, now he is free.
what is more intelligent - living in a world hating or living in a world loving?
The question then is did he truly love BB? or was he forced to say those words? Did he believe the words he said?