posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 10:54 PM
I read this at someone else's computer earlier today and wasn't logged in. I didn't even notice who started the thread. And it happened to be one
of the types of discussions I gravitate towards.
I don't even remember what I was thinking about after reading a bit (I'll have to see what has been recently posted since, it's been a few hours).
To give my post a reason for existence, I shall offer a few links for people to read that is on the topic of desecrating knowledge.
Anyone ever read the book Fahrenheit 451
The short novel presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic and critical thought through reading is outlawed.
Fahrenheit 451 takes place in an unspecified future time (some dialogue places it after 1990) in a hedonistic anti-intellectual America that
has completely abandoned self-control. This America is filled with lawlessness in the streets
Anyone caught reading or possessing books is, at the minimum, confined to a mental hospital while the books are burned by the firemen. Burnt books
mainly include famous works of literature, such as William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman and William Faulkner, as well as the Bible and all historical
Bradbury went even further to elaborate his meaning, saying specifically that the culprit in Fahrenheit 451 is not the state—it is the
And Ray Bradbury was right, it's the People who perpetrate these atrocities against the Truth and against Justice. The "State" doesn't even exist,
it's an illusion we believe in our heads, and all agree with each other about. And then when we do crimes against humans, we 'pass the buck' to the
imaginary "State" who takes the "Liability" for the wrongdoing. And there is no reciprocation. No accountability or retribution.
This is why censorship of genuine ideas and knowledge is so powerfully dangerous to a society.
Here is the Wiki about Book Burning
, I highly suggest anyone interested in learning about recent
history being destroyed, check out how it is done. And not to cries of discontent, but instead to a raving and cheering mob enjoying themselves.
It wasn't just in Nazi Germany either, 'book burning' has happened throughout the ages and happens quite often in modern times as well, we just
don't hear about it so much.
For example there were book burnings in Chile when the Pinochet regime came to power after the
The Chinese Communist party is known for burning books as well, throughout it's sordid history.
"Four Olds" wiki
Chinese "Cultural Revolution" 1966-76
It is the Chinese tradition to record family members in a book, including every male born in the family, who they are married to, etc.
Traditionally, only males' names are recorded in the books. During the Cultural Revolution, many such books were forcibly destroyed or burned to
ashes, because they were considered by the Chinese communist party as among the Four Old Things to be eschewed. Therefore much valuable cultural
history was destroyed forever. Also many copies of classical works of Chinese literature were destroyed, though - unlike the genealogy books - these
usually existed in many copies, some of which survived.
1964 Brazilian Coup
Following the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état, General Justino Alves Bastos, commander of the Third Army, ordered, in Rio Grande do Sul, the burning
of all "subversive books". Among the books he branded as subversive was Stendhal's The Red and the Black.