There are longer cycles at play than just what happens today.
Its all about the foundation, the set up. Every moral story, every bluesy song, every tall structure that lasts has a sound foundation. As long as we have that, all can be sustained. BUT, we play the ultimate game of chess. Chess is not just the pieces on the board but getting your opponent to Believe they can’t win. You asked about an Orwellian quote.
“He put the white knight back in its place, but for the moment he could not settle down to serious study of the chess problem. Almost unconsciously he traced with his finger in the dust: 2+2=5.”