I find this fascinating, not least because of the source. Orwell these days is such a monolith that it’s intriguing to find him here describing the very human motivations for his work.
The item on his list that strikes me here is political purpose, writing out of a desire to ‘alter other peoples’ idea of the kind of society that they should strive after.’ Politics in our time leaves me with such a feeling of bitterness. Debates are constrained within bounds deemed reasonable by the big underwriters of our governments. We don’t have serious conversations on what should be huge topics of our time; war, the role of government in ensuring the best life for all of its citizens, financialization, assault weapon libertarianism, and so on. Because the terms of debate have already been fixed, only a narrow range of opinions are considered acceptable by the clique.
Of, by and for the people seems to have left the building some time ago.
I look forward to picking up a copy of Orwell’s ‘Why I Write’ – I guess I might have something to say too.