Fahrenheit 451

October 14, 2018

Reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury changed the trajectory of my life.

If you have not read it, I urge you to do so because its message is as relevant today as it was when I read it as a teenager. On the surface, it is the story of a man who lives in a society that requires burning of all books and who wants to restore books to what he sees as their rightful place. The underlying story goes beyond that to describe a world in which life is meaningless. People are separated from feelings and from each other; rules are made and minds controlled by an unidentified prevailing power; there is no in depth news reporting of any kind; critical thinking and criticism of the existing order are punishable by death.

When I finished reading Fahrenheit 451 the first time, I promised myself to do everything in my power not to be like the characters in the book and made a personal commitment to be aware of what is really going on, to think clearly, experience life fully, and–to the extent possible–be the captain of my own destiny.

I just reread the book and found the content even more thought-provoking than the first time.

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