As previously noted, a major struggle is for peace from the noise (i.e. radio, TV, cable news, Twitter, etc.). Garret Johnson wrote an interesting post regarding Fahrenheit 451. If you remember from junior high or high school, Ray Bradbury was concerned with the effects of technology on the human mind. Johnson does a good job illuminating how banning books, in essence, is banning thought and reflection.
More than just a novel about “censorship”—as the cover usually claims—Fahrenheit 451 is a picture of how private citizens’ lack of will to reflect, on anything, leads to censorship. And not just censorship of reading material, but a soul-crippling censorship of thought. Monolithic government-control has been achieved through the means of a thoroughly entertained populace. It’s a world where TV and sports and bite-sized snippets of inconsequential news have become the center of all culture and society. And reflection, thought, has become a pesky, bothersome thing that just gets in the way of all that. Reflection causes only sorrow, those in charge say. And so, for the good of society, books—which induce reflection far more than most things—are illegal.
Garret Johnson’s whole post is worth a read. Good stuff.