“Fahrenheit 451”: If Knowledge and Books Are Important (Or Irrelevant) to You

In the public library yesterday, I stumbled across a video titled, “Fahrenheit 451”, based on Ray Bradbury’s best-selling science fiction masterpiece about a future without books.  In the film Montag, the protagonist, finds himself in a position of choosing between — as the cover states — personal safety and intellectual freedom.  The video is described as an “eerie fable where mankind becomes the ultimate evil.”

The book was written in 1953, over sixty years ago, but it bears a haunting and striking resemblance to today’s dynamics in terms of society’s dumbing up; going along without questioning; and betraying one’s fellow man in the name of “doing what’s right”.


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