In "1984," what are the literal and symbolic interpretations of  "we shall meet in the place where there is no darkness"?

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Winston believes at first, when he hears this phrase in a dream, that it means that he will meet someone (perhaps O'Brien he learns later) in the Golden Country. He believes this place to be a place of freedom and release from the world and society in which he now lives. He comes to learn that the "place where there is no darkness" is actually, or literally, the Ministry of Love. Upon his arrest he is taken there for having committed several crimes against the Party and he notices while he is there that not a soul can tell the time or the day. The lights are always on and there are no windows in the Ministry of Love. This is where criminal Party members go to be reconditioned on their loyalty to Big Brother. Figuratively or symbolically it could also mean that the mind has no darkness in it about life and the mission of the Party and Big Brother. In this place one does not leave until they love Big Brother with the depths of his soul. He does not leave until he has pledged his undying loyalty to Big Brother with every fiber of his being often betraying the person closest to him. It is at this juncture that a person has a mind, the Party would consider, without darkness upon which they are released back into the Party.