“Three things are missing.
Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality of information. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores. It has features…they show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless.
And the second?
Off hours, yes. But time to think? If you’re not driving a hundred miles an hour, at a clip where you can’t think of anything else but the danger, then you’re playing some game or sitting in some room where you can’t argue with the four-wall televisor. Why? The televisor is ‘real’. It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn’t time to protest, ‘What nonsense!’…
Only if the third necessary thing could be given us. Number one, as I said, quality of information. Number two: leisure to digest it. And number three: the right to carry out action based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two. ”
“I remember the newspapers dying like huge moths. No one wanted them back. No one missed them. Ant then the Government, seeing how advantageous it was to have people reading only about passionate lips and the fist in the stomach, circled the situation with your fireaters.
While on our trip to Paris, I had some downtime to read. I read Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury for the first time, and these two passages (well, the whole book really) reminded me of how important it is to read, digest and take action.
I have two preferred actions with information I seek and process, one is to write and share online which then genenerates online dialogue, the other is to discuss with individuals equally willing to engage.
This is the only way in which we can grow in a meaninful way. With that, I’ll just say, I’m hoping to get more reading, discussing, and writing done. Any recommendations for interesting books, or articles etc, please send them my way (via twitter @osum). Have you read anything recently that you’re still holding onto?
P.S. Needless to say, I very much enjoyed Farenheit 451 because it was a fun, quick, thoughtful piece. A week after reading this, I heard an episode on On Point on NPR about the current rise of readership and demand from publishers for speculative/dystopian fiction. This can be science fiction for some predictions for others.