Orwell gave us a good look at what’s beneath the surface.
“How does one man assert power over another?
By making him suffer
Exactly. Obedience is not enough.
Power is inflicting pain and humiliation. Otherwise, you cannot be sure.
Power is tearing human minds apart…
and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
Power is not a means, it is an end.
In our world, there will only be triumph and self-abasement.
Everything else, we shall destroy.
The past is forbidden. Why?
Because when we can cut man from his own past…
then we can cut him from his family, his children, other men.
There is no loyalty, except loyalty to the Party.
There is no love, except love of Big Brother.
All competing pleasures, we will destroy.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine…
a boot stamping on a human face forever.”