Loss of words is not just figure of speech it is a frighteningly dangerous pathology. it was the secret weapon of the intelligentsia, the clergy and the power hungry to oppress. Banning books is just another form of bullying. It is all about fear and an assumption of power. The key is to address the fear and deny the power.
Books are dangerous, they have to be, they contain ideas, no, rather feed an dormant idea seed with supernova energy that in turn could empower and an empowered soul is definitely not subservient. Every book has something that offends, after the freedom of expression includes the freedom to acknowledge that you are offended, or to offend the other. Without the freedom to offend it ceases to exist.
The idea of Banned Books week celebrates the freedom to read, it draws attention to banned and challenged books. It talks of people persecuted for their writing, and is held on the last week of September.
The banned book week was founded in 1982 by the library activist Judith King, the association of American publishers with the idea of bring to the attention of the American public the slain books, and six weeks later the first banned books week was celebrated.
The Wednesday of the banned book weeks is the Banned Website Awareness Day.
Amnesty international also celebrates Banned books week by directing attention to individuals persecuted because of the books that they produce, circulate or read. Banning of books creates silence instead of speech, and speech is essential. Banning of books makes us shut out noises and stops us from seeing visions we see. Think about this the first man to translate bible to English was burnt at the stakes, this has been happening time and again, whatever the reason for it, yet it is right back on the shelf, to become a best-seller.
Here is sharing a quote from John..F.Kennedy “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.
[Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]”
― John F. Kennedy
Reading for is visit a home they have left behind, for some it is an escape from the surrounding they are in, books, uplift weary souls, energize the tired minds…sooths an aching heart, kindles hope for the future, and provides an respite when all escapes are sealed. They are ultimate dumpees, keep them down and there are there for you whenever want to pick them up.
Then there are those books that fill us with the strange almost evangelical zeal, and convince us that the prescription to put the shattered world together is to get all humans to read it.
“A word to the unwise.
Torch every book.
Char every page.
Burn every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.”
― Ellen Hopkins
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
― Joseph Brodsky