Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ray Bradbury Saturday! Fahrenheit 451

Just a couple of excerpts from Fahrenheit 451 that have stuck out in my mind.

"Heredity and environment are funny things. You can't rid yourselves of all the odd ducks in just a few years. The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school. That's why we've lowered the kindergarten age year after year until now we're almost snatching them from the cradle."

(We already see this in 3 year old Kindergarten. And supposedly the original intent on Kindergarten was to get children indoctrinated early by the state. I don't know if it's true, but I'm going to do some more research on that.)

Another quote that struck me as prophetic is this one...

"If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides of a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, topheavy and tax mad, better it be all of those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. Don't give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."

Sound anything like our media who cherry picks information they want us to know about. Or stupid TV shows that have no relevance in real life.

It's amazing with all of these books like Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Brave New World, Animal Farm, etc. It seems like our government has been taking notes instead of seeing these as an example of what not to do.