Who’d have thunk it?
Yesterday I started reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury again. I read it for the first time about 25 years ago, around 1988. The book was published first in 1954 in Great Britain by Rupert Hart-Davis, Ltd. Ray Bradbury is an American Citizen but he found an English publisher for the book. I don’t know if this has something to do with the political circumstances of the USA of the 1950th, but some philosophic writers got problems in this political period and the novel is very sociocritical. It’s an utopian novel, virtually a dystopian story, that tries to show us, that if we loose our books, we loose everything. Why? Because if we loose our books, we loose our history and so the essences of the complete lives of all our predecessors. I was thinking if there are today technologies that are able to completely annihilate mankind and human history, more than the firemen in Bradbury’s novel and their programmable assassin robots can do.