From the Pages: No responsibility and meaningless conversations


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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

From the Pages is a category where I’d like to share passages from books that  have touched me, comforted me or, maybe, changed me a little bit. I believe bibliotherapy (psychotherapy through book reading) is a powerful therapeutic force and often reach out to books to find consonance from the pages.

“Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?”

“You sound so very old.”

“Sometimes I’m ancient. I’m afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always use to be that way? My uncle says no. Six of my friends have been shot the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks. I’m afraid of them and they don’t like me because I’m afraid. My uncle says his grandfather remembered when children didn’t kill each other. But that was a long time ago when they had things different. They believed in responsibility, my uncle says. … But most of all I like to watch people. Sometimes I ride the subway all day and I look at them and listen to them. I just want to figure out who they are and what they want and where they’re going… Sometimes I sneak around and listen in subways. Or I listen at soda fountains, and do you know what?”

“What?”

“People don’t talk about anything.”

“Oh they must!”

“No, not anything. They name a lot of cars or clothes or swimming pools mostly and say how swell! But they all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else.”

Image: Serena

2 comments for “From the Pages: No responsibility and meaningless conversations

  1. Tenyo
    October 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Hmm, sounds like an interesting book.

  2. Dima
    October 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    And it really is!
    Written in the early 1950s, the story is describing a gloomy futuristic world. The genius of Ray Bradbury is that many of his visions have come to pass, or are now unfolding.
    The book is a classic, full of nostalgia, but also hope for the future. I strongly recommend it.

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