Quote by George Orwell
This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.
This quote emphasizes the concept of compulsory labor in a seemingly voluntary environment. Although the work in question is presented as optional, the penalty for not participating is a significant reduction in basic resources. This brings attention to the coercive nature of the task, as animals are compelled to engage in the work if they wish to maintain their livelihood. The quote hints at the underlying power dynamics and social control prevalent in the context, where the appearance of choice masks a deeper mechanism of enforcement and manipulation.
If we knew all the laws of Nature, we should need only one fact, or the description of one actual phenomenon, to infer all the particular results at that point. Now we know only a few laws, and our result is vitiated, not, of course, by any confusion or irregularity in Nature, but by our ignorance of essential elements in the calculation. Our notions of law and harmony are commonly confined to those instances which we detect; but the harmony which results from a far greater number of seemingly conflicting, but really concurring, laws, which we have not detected, is still more wonderful. The particular laws are as our points of view, as, to the traveler, a mountain outline varies with every step, and it has an infinite number of profiles, though absolutely but one form. Even when cleft or bored through it is not comprehended in its entireness.
Over the past 50 years we got versions of X-ray specs and space vacations, and even death rays. But the X-ray specs don't fit on your face - they're big things that screen your luggage for guns. Space vacations are real, but they cost $20 million. We have death rays, but you have to be a triple Ph.D. to play with them.