We constantly hear of conservative zealots and maybe 30 years ago we would hear of school book burnings but it was something that they outgrew—now the spirit of the act is back and no one wishes to use it as an example of thought crime.
This type of activity seems to be a very real updates version of Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury.
Collective cultural memory suggests that Fahrenheit 451 is about censoring books, mainly because of plot elements involving book burning, and the fact that book memorization is treated as a sign of rebellion, and probably all the times Ray Bradbury himself talked about McCarthyism, and how the burning of books in Nazi Germany inspired the story.
However, Bradbury was really obsessed with the encroachment of technology, especially television, on the tradition of the written word. Bradbury positions the burning of books as a symptom of what’s happened to society, not the cause — he’s much more interested in a future where we see the erosion of critical thinking and imagination caused by society’s consumption of media and falling prey to its indoctrination and programming.
In the story, the government is not the villain – we are!
The people were encouraged to censor and police each other—the question is who is pushing this agenda and why are people not questioning the motive behind it.
People today are being 451’ed – taken down in a mob like frenzy by people who believe that they are part of some master morality club.
Bradbury makes clear that the censoring of books wasn’t imposed on the people of his future dystopia by a brutal totalitarian government, but rather by the people themselves, as they sought to avoid uncomfortable thoughts and disturbing concepts.
The New Normal must have with it a “new morality.”
Fredrich Nietzsche called what is happening the, “Master and Slave Morality.”
Master morality values pride and power, while slave morality values things like kindness, empathy, and sympathy. Master morality weighs actions on good or bad consequences unlike slave morality, which weighs actions on a scale of good or evil intentions.
The Liberal Resistance now believes that they should implement a master morality that most of them do not adhere to.
They love to impose it – they love to enforce it, but in most cases they do not practice what they preach.
Meanwhile the slaves who have kindness, empathy, and sympathy are trampled and destroyed.
This social warrior outrage machine needs to be shut down or there will be more people that will be erased by the thought police and no one will come out unscathed.