Fahrenheit 451 [LINK] – Ray Bradbury
“The temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns…”
The story is about “Firefighters” from a totalitarian government on a crusade to burn all books from civilization. At first, the government seems to be of blame, though it is revealed the underlying problem is with the citizens. They indirectly created the book burning force with their desire to suppress dissenting ideas.
Books give individuals access to freedom of information and teach an individual how to think. Where television is immediate and rushes on you so quickly to give your mind it’s own conclusions before it can protest.
To find the meaning in books, we need: (1) quality of information, (2) time to digest it, and (3) the freedom to act for what is learned. I’ve continually strived to read, learn and experience as much as I can — regardless of my particular beliefs on religion, management, life, and so on — in hopes to build a mental framework that allows for me to understand all aspects of an argument, theory or judgment.
The story of Fahrenheit 451 is about how Guy Montag, who doesn’t have much knowledge and simply does what he is told, can find a way to learn about what he so chooses.
This book is a reminder to appreciate and value diversity of information. There are seasons to society and life. There is a time to break down and a time to build up. There is a time to keep silence and a time to speak up.
But from the fireman’s perspective, you never have to face a problem, you burn it.