Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Burning and Banning Books

The Pentagon and military, our Pentagon and military seem to not see the irony in their duty to protect freedom and their determination to spend our tax money to destroy books. They actually bought them to destroy them. I've already mentioned earlier about the Bible burning situation in Afghanistan last year and now we read about another situation. Ironically, this is "banned book week." I believe it's supposed to inspire us to read books that have been banned for one reason or another. There are books on that list that was required reading when I was in school, but that's an issue for another blog. I did appreciate the perfect irony in one title on the list. "Fahrenheit 451" has made the list. That's the book that was written about burning books. Wonder if the Pentagon has a copy of that . . . If our military has openly destroyed two different books on two different occasions, for, of course, very good reasons, what else is being destroyed that isn't making headlines?
I think we better take note of things. Book burning is not all that is going on in our presumptuously superior civilization.
"Just following orders" has become pretty ordinary in our freedom loving republic . . . and nobody seemed to notice. We have an entire military that just follows orders, we have law enforcement that operates all together in a whole new way, that claims to just follow orders. Nurses that just follow the doctor's orders or the facility's regulations. Patients that really just come across as undignified boobs in following doctor's orders. Teachers that supposedly have their hands tied from higher up. Churches, entire congregations that "will just follow orders" from their celebrity mega pastor.
We have teachers that do not want to be tested, nurses that do not want to follow a doctor's orders for their own health, cops that do not want to be taped or recorded, yet all these same people want the authority that goes with their position. What's wrong with this picture? It seems the one common thread in all of this, is we the people just keep accepting the decisions that are made for us, for our own good.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. New Testament
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