I was at the movies the other night and I saw a trailer for a lame samurai movie with Keanu Reeves. He’s trying to kill some evil woman with his samurai sword, but she turns into kind of immaterial dragon demon.
“Dude”, I’m thinking. “You can’t fight a demon with a sword. It’s useless for that.” A lot of what people are trying to do in fighting the system is trying to fight a demon with a sword. The genius of the system is it does not rely on the sword, and so the sword is useless against it.
So what do you fight a demon with? A magic spell of some sort? No. We know that Satan is a murderer and a liar, and has been a murderer and a liar from the beginning. But he murders by lying, so fundamentally he’s really just a liar, as are all his subordinate demons.
Any lie is simply countered by the truth. It’s useful to communicate the truth, but simply knowing the truth is enough. The demons receive some partial and conditional satisfaction from keeping you from expressing the truth, but that’s only a temporary victory for them. They have to destroy the truth altogether.
The best they can hope for is that the truth may be realized in the human mind, but this thought will be quickly dismissed before becoming fully formed. This is the crimestop that Orwell talked about. The person exercising crimestop is still a despised thought criminal though, the truly elite hold their holy status not by having pure thoughts- those are for fools- but by exercising power over those who are intelligent enough to see the truth, but not brave enough to hold it fully in their minds.
Freedom is found in the truth. One of my primary character defects has been to see myself primarily in relation to other human beings, and not in relation to the truth. If they don’t acknowledge my truth, if only to recognize my experience as legitimate, I’m not a legitimate human being. But liars are never going to acknowledge the truth on any level, because they can’t.
The truth, known on a conscious level, is the weapon that slays the demon.