Saturday, June 20, 2009

Faithful to books ...

... A Literary Legend Fights for a Local Library. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

'His most famous novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” which concerns book burning...' Which would lead you to think it is about government-sponsored censorship. Au conrtraire, says the author: Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 Misinterpreted. "He says the culprit in Fahrenheit 451 is not the state — it is the people."

1 comment:

  1. Okay. Re: Bradbury - "HE SAYS THE CULPRIT in Fahrenheit 451 is not the state — it is the people." There is a timely lesson here. The state cannot operate without the explicit and implicit compliance and cooperation of the people within that state. In other words, before we get carried away blaming the state (government) for the problems in our little corner of the universe, we need to focus more closely on the people, leaders and ourselves included. Take a case in point (other than the U.S., which ought to be an obvious case): Iran. Now is what might be the most important turning point in the brief history of the 21st century; however, observe the ways in which people act and react. There is Bradbury's lesson.