Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451

21. Juni 2017 - 06:06 Uhr

Read and make up your mind

„Fahrenheit 451“ is a story about the power of books in a time where everyone is made equal.
Everyone is careful not to use words that could be seen as provocative to a minority. The government regulates the offensive behaviour. Books written a long time ago are now rewritten because of words that were used then but now are offensive. And some books are even baned. Everything is getting faster and faster, time is precious and he most important time is the working time. „Nineteenth-century man with his horses…slow motion. Then…speed your camera. Books cut shorter…Tabloids. Everything boils down to the gag…Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!…Life is immediate, the job counts…Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches…“ Because work gives you the freedom to do whatever you like in your spare time. And the best thing you can do in your free time is watch TV. „The televisor is real…It tells you what to think and blasts it in.“
Reading a book is an anachronism it is slow so slow that your mind can think about what it reads. It can make a difference why someone uses offensive words in a story. Books can help to build an independent mind. But what for?
Works. Sleep. Comsume. Work. Sleep. Consume. Work. Sleep. Comsume. This is what counts.
It is a time of alternative facts. What was once real no longer can be seen as the truth. So why have an independent mind?
Does this sound familiar to you? This ist not now not the 21st century this vision was written some 60 years ago by Ray Bradbury in his classic „Fahrenheit 451“.
He writes about a time where fireman are no longer needed to distinguish fire but are needed to destroy books – Books begin to burn at a temperature of 451 degrees Fahrenheit – and so to destroy independence. „Not everyone born free and equal…but everyone made equal.“
„Fahrenheit 451“ is a well written story which will give you hope in this times or not this depends on your view of the world. „There was a silly bird called Phoenix…every few hundred years he…burned himself…And it looks like we‘re doing the same thing, over and over.“

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451. Cornelsen. Berlin 2008. 168 pgs.