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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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It's not hard to imagine a future where government control begins to interfere with individual rights. In Bradbury's book, Guy Montag is a fireman, whose job is to set fires rather than put them out. In Montag's world accidental fires are history. Houses are built with fireproof walls. A sudden alarm means a stash of books has been discovered and firemen are dispatched to burn them.

In the end the ideas that once filled pages as written words continue to live in the mind. At least they live if the mind is not saturated with audio/visual media, released with approval from authorities ... meant to brainwash society. Guy becomes aware of forgotten senses when he begins to read stolen books from the fires, and then begins to hide and horde them himself. When his secret is discovered, Guy escapes to the country where humans have become a living library. It is the exchange of ideas that makes us truly free. When knowledge is censored, man becomes machine and beauty is lost.

If certain written materials offend, the freedom to self-censor is always there. One thing I think that is crucial for protection of freedom is tolerance. Being tolerant of differences contributes to the freedom of expression and the pursuit of happiness.
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Ray Bradbury
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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