The World We Know

To The Citizens Of 2016⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I Hope This Finds You Well

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⠀⠀I was once blind. I let knowledge turn into ignorance, illusions into reality, and I mistake misery for happiness. My world is broken and distorted, but it made it possible for me to realize that it can easily be your own, all long as it closely mirrors the lifestyle set upon yourself.

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⠀⠀Books are burned by firemen’s at the temperature of 451 degrees Fahrenheit. The work my favorite author bough destroyed and forgotten, regarded as dangerous, touched me to cord. It a life I don’t want to consider for you, but yet, I already see resembles between our future and your present. More and more I see less and less people picking up books and instead picking iPods, TV remotes, and the latest phone. Technology is a part of modern life right now. This ever growing in larger aspect of life isn’t a problem, until it grows so big it swallows everything just like it did in my world. Something as simple as paperback or a hardcover seems to need to be replaced by a nook and kindle. If there isn’t a change then there will be a time where paper made book will stop being printed at all.

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⠀⠀Captain Beatty once said to me “Colored people don't like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don't feel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin. Burn it. Someone's written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book.” This was is view on censorship of literature. But what he failed to realize is that books are meant to be debated about, conversed and argued about not thrown out because of different ideas of what should or should not be available to the world. Read more books made me think about: the reason for authors putting in their books this profanity is their own either to prove the morals the book is trying to give further or however it may be expelled but it shouldn’t be hid away from the public eye or burned away as an illegal item.

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⠀⠀I hope I left you with these questions: is technology becoming such a big influence on our teenage generation it will replace books all together? Is censorship in schools becoming a bigger burden on literature, keeping a leash on the minds of schools age children, middle-schoolers like me, and preventing them from reading important books in our history, or just excellent books in themselves? How far until our present becomes your future? Does your society really mirror ours so closely?

Sincerely,

Guy Montag