I had this thought run through my head one day. What if the one thing us readers like the most was taken from us. If we weren't allowed to read the books we want to any more. Not just ban books but burn all the books. What do you think would happen?
This is just a fictional idea of a thought I had. But it would bother me if that happened. I love to read and there are so many good books out there and I'm finding more books as I get closer to my first goal of 100 books.
People would probably do some things to be able to hide their books. Because to get caught with books in your house wouldn't be a good thing.
Books are important way for us to learn things so this could cause such problems.
This is just a thought. I'm just wondering what you guys would think if this was to happen.
Good, thought provoking question. Thomas Jefferson was noted as saying, "I cannot live without books." Therefore, I would have to find a different government (would I really want to live in that enviornment? I think not) or find a different way to learn. For me that would be even more good conversations with interesting people.
I sent a copy of "Hang On" to the Occupy Wall Street Library. This makes me sad. (I wonder if anyone at all even read it? Not to mention the waste of all those books!)
For one, what you suggest can't happen unless the government limits access to the Internet - everything is out there, and it cannot be censored. For another, people would find a way. When slaves were forbidden to read, for instance, they did it in secret, even on pain of lashings or even death. People always find a way to defy unfair laws.
I once did a paper about censorship in America. It turns out that the most effective way to get kids to read is to tell them a book is "censored." So, the people who attempt to censor books are actually (inadvertently) advertising and promoting these titles. And good for them! The books I loved the most, and which made the biggest impression on me, are all now censored, somewhere.
I would hide all of my books. I would start writing stories to share in the underground!
If there were no books there would still be stories, even if only the story of how the books were lost, and there would still be storytellers, and we would go back to how things once were done, and begin all over again.
Think about it.
it was just an idea that came to mind one day thinking about things that could be possible. Sort of like the idea of a library that is only on disks a hologram that guides you like in the movie the time machine, the new one. There have been times over decades that there have been books that have been burned of banned because people were stupid enough to think that it was bad.
Over all this was just a fictional idea that came about and was cerious about what people thought if it actually happened. I would be disappointed if it ever really happened for real.