Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Worse Crimes Indeed

Ray Bradbury died this morning at his home in Los Angeles at the ripe old age of 91.  In reading various articles today about his life, I was struck by the fact that he always is described as a writer of science fiction, a classification I find highly inaccurate--Bradbury's works offer so much more than science fiction fantasy.   
Bradbury constantly encouraged us always to search for knowledge and never to allow ourselves to become comfortable in the belief that our own narrow understanding of the world offers anything close to the complete picture. Bradbury’s message was, I think, less about state censorship and more about the ways in which we voluntarily—even willingly—censor ourselves. His works are a reminder to never stop learning.

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
-Ray Bradbury

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