“2 + 2 = 5”

 

People are brainwashed into believing in obviously false dogmas.

 

The price of liberty, opposition, and submission is hefty.

 

There is a relationship between beliefs, knowledge, and truths.

 

Social structures affect an individual, and vice-versa.

 


 

These messages are nothing new; they have constantly echoed in everyone’s lives throughout history. Yet, alas, not everyone is either heedful and/or vehemently serious about those messages. People who possess neither of those characteristics incite injustice and exploitation in the world; consequentially, they also provoke those who think otherwise to affirm the significance of acknowledging oppressors on attaining a truelive livelihood.

 


 

In this post, I share my thoughts on both the freedom fighters and suppressors¬†who challenged¬†the mathematically false statement “2 + 2 = 5”.

 


(To learn more about the short film, click here.)

This short film first introduced a chatty classroom at an all-boys school. That scene not only shows viewers what a classroom is usually like without a teacher, but to also shows them what the world would look like without oppressive authorities and structures: happy and free.

Then, the ambience of the school suddenly changed after the teacher walked into the classroom and the headmaster spoke through the intercom. Not only did fear and silence fill the environment, but everyone became divided with the headmaster and the teacher as the formidable superiors, and the students as the meek, acquiescent inferiors. This superior-subordinate relationship represents how people abide to the unspoken and seemingly indisputable rules of respect for their superiors.

When the teacher wrote down the invalid expression “2 + 2 = 5” on the chalkboard, the students murmured out of confusion. Despite knowing the actual answer to “2 + 2”, the students¬†became too¬†afraid to say it after their teacher sternly said: “Silence! We will have order in the classroom! This is today’s first lesson.” The students must be so disheartened to voice how absurd the math lesson is¬†knowing that the teacher and possibly their peers see the lesson as something¬†sensible instead.

The first rebellious student shed some hope for his peers to defend the truth and people’s freedom of expression, but that hope quickly died out when he gave up on arguing with the teacher. Like that student, there are others in life that lack the confidence to continue the fight that they initiated or chose to participate in. His weak fight may have failed at stopping the teacher, but it was enough to inspire another student to rebel.

The second rebellious student was much more defensive than the first one. Although the teacher and some students urged him to abide by the rules, he took precedence of himself over others. Very few people in the world have the guts to act on their beliefs, especially when their lives are at stake.

Strangely, the upperclassmen students aimed invisible weapons at the second rebellious student. The weapons were probably invisible to show the viewers that if the children came across them again, they would not be able to identify them as weapons and know how to use such advanced technology.

The execution of the second rebellious student happened within the classroom in order to ingrain fear for authorities into the students, and to show the students that immediate and harsh punishments are given to those who defy the system. That scene seems to mirror other public executions, especially those ordered by Kim Jong Un.

Unfortunately, that event influenced the third rebellious student to silently hold onto his freedom of thought. He may not have completely surrendered to the authorities, but he did surrender some of his independence. He and the other students are examples of how most people are more concerned about surviving than living.

 


 

Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic. I’d love to read them.

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