“They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable.” –1984, George Orwell
1984 is undoubtably the most thought provoking novel I have ever read. This quote from it, among many others, spoke to me in many ways. Much about us cannot be hidden. Our facial expressions when something disgusts us, the tears that flow from our eyes when we are sad, how our fists clench when we become angry, can all be seen. Much of who we are is detectable. Our thoughts often remain readable even when we try to hide them. The one thing that can never be truly penetrable is the true intentions of our heart. Considering it is such a mystery to ourselves, another surely could never navigate the labyrinth of the heart. The heart, also, is something that can never be taken from us. Our identities can be stripped bare, but our hearts remain the same. Essentially, our heart is the core of our being. Everything flows from it. Our external being can be controlled, changed, and manipulated by ourselves as well as those around us, but our heart is impregnable. It’s safe to assume that our heart truly is the most valuable of our possessions. Even the Bible warns us to guard it because everything we do flows from it – the spring-well of life. (Proverbs 4:23). We must guard it because even though it is impermeable, as the most precious of stones, it too can be broken.