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Manuscripts don't burn.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Quote from Brodsky, if I recall correctly... ty for the GA ;>.
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Mmmm. Perhaps burning them and not reading them are crimes on a similar scale, yeah? No I believe it to be Bulgakov. Both Russian so you still receive a pat in the back. You must read the Master and the Margarita if you haven't.
Pretty amazing book!
Well, the will to burn them implies that the person intent on doing so may have at least read them to some extent, thus creating that required negative bias in the first place, which in my book kinda puts them above a person that utterly refuses or neglects to even pick them up, making the latter an even bigger fool in comparison IMO. Neither of both options are desirable though :D, many wrongs in the world today could easily be corrected if people weren't that seemingly ignorant. But I get that feeling of kinda preaching to the choir here, so ;D... might have been Bulgakov, yeah... sadly I'm not that well-versed with Russian literature (yet, hopefully ;>), I just remember Brodsky writing something similar.
I have to admit that I haven't read it yet, just skimmed through some pages, I definitely have to make some time for that in the future though.
Hope you'll have a nice weekend :).
Indeed, your writing made me think.... a rare occurrence in a gaming website jeje and as per making me think you've also shown me a different perspective; the literary arsonist must KNOW what he is burning before he ashes it, doesn't he? Even if he be a simple ignorant police man who is doing what he is told, then his higher ups must at least know the synopsis of the work. But entirely avoiding said work while steadily maintaining ignorance (even if you disagree with the work) and therefore devoiding society, your peers, YOURSELF of what could be found within this literary piece is even more egregious in the first place! Oh my. You've shed a new light upon the tyrant. Thank you very much for the thought.
Sorry, but you're wrong. It only needs someone with the power to make people think they should destroy something (e.g. burning books) to make it happen.
While it's fiction just give Fahrenheit 451 a try... or 1984 or Don Quixote.
A none fictional example? Check out https://www.epa.gov/ a site known for digital book burning... reuters.com
Yes, but I'm not talking about the lackeys that willfully execute any order they are given without bringing the why into question - drones still be drones, no matter what -, every example of yours has in some form or another an entity or idea behind the scenes enforcing an agenda, which implies these ideas or shadow figures know what could endanger their position of power and thus which material needs to be eliminated. It's always a mixture of both, the ones that manipulate people with malicious intent and the ones that follow without even opening one of the books they hate so much - metaphorically spoken. There's way too many non-fictional examples for that even to this today though, the ridiculous EPA affair unfortunately being only the tip of the iceberg :/. People would have way much more leverage against such actions if they'd for once pick up a book instead of letting themselves get everything force-fed via neatly prepackaged propaganda where they can't tell truth from lie anyway.
You're right, protecting it's own (dis)believes is a crucial reason for oppressing/destroying other knowledge/ideas. And you can find this happening throughout history at any time. Literacy and education is the key to make it harder to manipulate people. Whenever a politician or party tries to decrease education anybody should be alarmed. Unfortunately voters have to be able to and/or willing to think about the consequences of less education.
My hope is that Democracy is strong enough to withstand those phases of populists becoming leaders even when they are "only joking" about becoming president for lifetime as it happened before. And that's not an US problem solely...
Thanks for the chance
Muchas gracias, SinSonido/Pronto.