George Orwell’s master work teaches us that real freedom consists in the ability to acknowledge a realm of truth independent of private opinion—such as one’s sex.
It is not enough for me to teach my children to shoot holes in The New York Times with their favorite sidearm or to deliver impromptu lectures on American history.
In the past, freedom meant to ability to obey one’s beliefs. Now, freedom is the ability to require others to obey one’s own beliefs about oneself.
Empathy is great, when it’s connected to things that deserve pity and concern. When it goes postal, so do we.