Cancel Culture or just good ole Book Burnings?
Two dystopian examples from Fahrenheit 451 to Equilibrium
Its a strange day when people start banning books.
One thing we know from history is that art & literature are the first things to go in tyrannical movements, where societies move from democratic rule to oppressive regimes.
Because art and literature are important outcomes of expression of our human desire to communicate and express our inner most thoughts, ideas anf feelings.
Art and literature are what carry forth these feelings and desires into a physical items of expression. Allowing us as human beings to express our freedoms of expression, thought and movement across borders and oceans.
Art and literature needs to remain unfettered from Cultural Mobsters, Race Grifters and Clout Chasers for
Those who espoused freedom of thought and speech.
To see the lunacy of a local minority remove objects of art of literature because their feelings are hurt or they perceive some sort of offence in these works and thus the entire world are bereft of its benefits to the world seems like puritanical behaviour to say the least.
Watch the original Farenheit 451 (1966) Writer,
, where special Firemen went around burning books as part of the government's objective to remove them spreading ideas of free thought, speech or expression.
government or country removing art & literature but, tiny groups of faux outraged social media activists & elitists lecturers looking to make a name for themselves by having a paper published in a cancel culture environment clout chasing. I wonder how many of these same people will look back in a decade or two and realise their mistakes in twisting our culture and society for fame or fortune, and would they apologize or denounce their work? I highly doubt it. These types have no regard for what results from their work, for they only think about the now and not future generations.
What we see withDr. Seuss
may seem bland or small in the larger scope of history and future outcomes from these little actions, but whats to say we aren't heading towards the Fireman or Clerics type society.
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us a free and just society to flourish and prevail from those who would like to rewrite history for the sake of hurt feelings or pandering. This goes for those on both sides.
If you look at the communist gulags under Stalin from 1930-1950 those who were pushed out of society were the artists & writers etc.
The more recent film, Equilibrium (2002) starring
Christian Bale's a Cleric (see later),, took the concept further by telling of a dystopian future where special taskforces removed items from society that gave people feelings, again under government mandate, such as music, art & literature.
The sad thing right now isn't that its a
As a futurist thinker, (writer) I am always thinking about the next 10 to 20yrs of decisions we as a society. Each generation thinks they know better. However, history has taught us we don't learn from history due to our foolishness or arrogance so we repeat the same mistakes.
I recommend watching these two movies to get an idea of where our free western society could head if we allow cancel culture to run amok.