“There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and forgetfulness cause a nation to hesitate, to waver, and perhaps even to succumb. When that time comes, those who love liberty must rise to the occasion.”
In the science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury… (continued in summary)
tells a story about what happens when people ignore the oppression of the government, and one man’s effort to restore liberty. Guy Montag is a middle-aged man who has been a “firefighter”, a burner of books, for some time. As a result of meeting a strange girl named Clarisse McClellan, he begins to dislike his job, and the government that gives it to him. He begins reading books, including most noteworthily the Bible. He is eventually caught, and his house and books are burned; he then sets the fire chief on fire. He becomes a fugitive, and eventually manages to …show more content…
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†“We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
While Montag’s house and books are being burned down, nobody even pays attention. If the neighbors did care, they would likely support the book burning. (This is more of the absence of evidence.)
The most similar thing is the lack of action among the populace. In the modern world, there are few protests that actually mean anything, protesting any of the many injustices of the modern world. Change is not implemented, as the government is to powerful for one, a few, or even many to obstruct. This leads to a vicious circle of statism, where controversial material is censored by the majority.
In modern society, those who protest are often, but not always, given a trial and acquitted. In Fahrenheit 451, those who do take action by the most unspeakable crime of possessing or reading books are not as