George Orwell once said: ‘in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act’.
What do the Falklands War, the miners’ strikes, Hillsborough disaster, Gulf War, Stephen Lawrence, Jean Charles De Menezes, Ian Tomlinson, MPs’ expenses, War on Terrorism, financial crisis, phone hacking scandal, the issue of immigration and Brexit all have in common? They were all based on a bed of lies. Lies to cover up profitable arms deals, protect police from their own brutality and lies which have forced Britain out of the European union.
There are the lies we tell each other. The white lies, the lies that lead to more lies and the lie that hides you from your truth.
There are the lies we tell each other. The white lies, the lies that lead to more lies and the lie that hides you from your truth. The lie that told Omar Mateen it wasn’t himself he hated but the LGBT community. The lie that convinced Omar to kill 49 people in Orlando this year. The lie that lied to the liar.
My new play CTRL+ALT+DELETE explores two very different paths. An honest path paved with loss, sadness, reflection, contemplation, discovery and success. The other path paved with lies, blame, hate and manipulation. CTRL+ALT+DELETE examines and draws parallels between the control and power within a domestic setting and in the wider society from the Government, Media and the Police.
All we can do is be better people, prevent today’s problems becoming tomorrow’s.
The Chilcot report is the most recent example of lies being the heavyweight in the fight for the truth. It demonstrates the devastating consequences of a lie; a lie which has robbed tens of thousands of innocent lives.
We spend hours trying to mend things, from our appearance to the environment, but what we really need to work on is ourselves; to repair the fear, anger, jealousy, resentment. If we can be taught hatred then we can learn compassion. We are responsible for our feelings and we can be responsible for changing them. All we can do is be better people, prevent today’s problems becoming tomorrow’s. We can’t fix people. We can’t change people. We can’t help people until they want to be helped, but we can always be honest. Love and respect is born out of honesty; honesty with ourselves and each other.
If we choose this path, perhaps one day we will put a stop to the manufacturing of lies and live as revolutionaries in a sincere world. The truth will set us free. No Lies, Just Love!
CTRL-ALT-DELETE runs at Camden’s People Theatre from 8 to 16 August 2016. Follow @MyTheatreMates on Twitter for details on our competition to win a pair of tickets to the show.