I just finished reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. My favorite section in the book, is when Montag asked, “Where do we go from here? Would books help us?”
Faber responded: “Only if the third necessary thing could be given us. Number one, as I said, quality of information. Number two: leisure to digest it. And number three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two.”
Although it wasn’t mentioned in this section, but it was alluded to in other parts of the book, another thing needed is the desire to read and learn from books.
You don’t have to burn books to make them ineffective. You just have to get people to stop reading them. You get them to not want to read books.
I came across a news article about two elderly German men that escaped from a nursing home in order to attend a heavy metal concert.
When the nursing home realized the gentlemen were missing, they called the police. The police located both men at the concert at 3:00 in the morning and drove them back to the facility in a police car.
My first reaction – I want to be like those guys when I am old.
I want to still have the desire to escape in the night, to attend concerts, to feel wild, to bend rules, to express my individuality, to cause trouble, and to make people shake their heads in wonder.
The Houston Memorial Library is located in Athens, Alabama. The house was owned by George Houston, a former governor of the state of Alabama. George Houston died in 1879, and the Houston family donated the property to the city of Athens, with the stipulation that it be used as a library/museum.
However, over the years the building deteriorated and the city failed to complete the required maintenance to keep the facility functional. In 2016, the city indefinitely closed the museum for renovations.
It breaks my heart to see this building in such a deplorable state. All those historical documents, old books, and antiques are locked inside the building. The building is full of items with educational and cultural value, but it’s all just rotting away.
If I won the lottery, I would buy that building and have it fully restored. I would open it back up for the public to use and have activities for children, so they can learn to appreciate the value of museums and libraries.
Wanderlust means to have a strong desire to travel, which is a good description of me. I have a bit of wild side and a tendency to seek out adventure.
I want to enjoy my life. I don’t want to waste my time on this earth. I want to experience as many things as possible. I want to stay wilder than the wind.