Winston spends a lot of time ruminating on metaphysical questions, but no one else seems to be doing this at all. What is it about Winston that makes him different from his peers, that drives him to ask these philosophical questions?

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For whatever reason, Winston does not want to be completely brainwashed by Big Brother and the philosophy which makes the people of Oceania simply automatons.  Winston begins to be a thinking man and begins to see what is wrong with the Big Brother propaganda; no one else is worrying about it.