Sunday and I am having a lovely weekend…..
Have you ever read Fahrenheit 451? How watched the movie…both original and the cheap re-make?
It is about a future society that does not like people that read…..
Set in the twenty-fourth century, Fahrenheit 451 introduces a new world in which control of the masses by the media, overpopulation, and censorship has taken over the general population. The individual is not accepted and the intellectual is considered an outlaw. Television has replaced the common perception of family. The fireman is now seen as a flamethrower, a destroyer of books rather than an insurance against fire. Books are considered evil because they make people question and think. The people live in a world with no reminders of history or appreciation of the past; the population receives the present from television.
Ray Bradbury introduces this new world through the character Guy Montag, the protagonist, during a short time in his life.
This story ties in well with something else I read…….
Book burning is not a thing of the past, at least not in Poland, where Catholic priests recently burned books they believe to be sacrilegious. Among the tomes that went up in flames were Harry Potter books, thanks to concerns about witchcraft and sorcery. The evangelical SMS From Heaven Foundation posted pictures of the event on Facebook, along with Bible verses including one reading, “Burn the images of their gods” and another explaining, “Many of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone.”
Also burned, per AFP and the Guardian: a Hello Kitty umbrella, books from the Twilight series, and a Hindu religious figurine. The group’s post has gone viral, and the BBC quotes some unsupportive comments left on it, including one noting, “I have not met anyone yet who would rape, murder and steal in the name of Harry Potter. In the name of the Bible, yes.” Other comments were supportive, like one suggesting, “Get rid of everything that does not please God and see how your life will change.”
It is the 21st century….this from a religion that spends more money protecting pedophiles but they do not want children reading fiction…this is pathetic and just another reason I do not like organized religion in any shape or style.
The garden awaits….the perfect time of the year…..cool sunny weather with a bit of rain sprinkled in (pun intended)….. I shall enjoy for as long as I can for the stifling heat of Summer is not far away……MoMo is getting her exercise…….she is a tan blur as she goes galloping past…….kids!