It’s time to put out some fires, Bradbury style

Those who seek to control 🧠 the minds of a society believe they must first rip out the heart and ❤️‍🔥 burn it at 451 degrees.

Along a busy sidewalk, a man in business attire stands behind a food cart with a sign advertising, “Burnt books. Saved from the censors. Still hot!” A woman, also dressed for business, approaches the cart in curiosity.
New Yorker cartoon by PC Vey, April 10, 2023

🔥📚 Ray Bradbury’s book burning dystopia seems closer to fulfillment today than at any moment I can recall in my lifetime. 🧑‍🚒 In his novel Fahrenheit 451, firemen start fires rather than extinguish them.

In our own reality, we turn to our public leaders to solve our problems, also known as 🧯putting out fires.

🤴But these leaders have become so twisted in the past couple years that they’re 🪵 starting fires, stirring up old prejudices, inciting book bans. 🙅‍♀️🙅‍♂️

What these leaders and lackeys don’t know is that they can’t extinguish the human imagination. 💭 They may try to keep it from escaping onto pages and screens, but they can’t keep our minds and hearts from dreaming. 🤔

So dream on, write what you will, ✍️ and carry a fire extinguisher. ✊

Originally posted on my LinkedIn profile where I’ve started networking as I start my freelance writing business. Feel free to reach out if you’d like to connect professionally on LinkedIn.

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