~ ITEM: Neil Postman quotes on Amusing Ourselves To Death
~ WILL IT BE SO? I don’t know, but I dearly hope so.
God knows all things. Unlike all the lost libraries of ancient history, destroyed by fire, mindlessness, warfare, the decline of the surrounding societies, I hope the endless libraries and museums of heaven reveal all things.
I have a special sorrow and anger towards book-burners and library-torchers. To those who would erase truth and goodness and the efforts to know and grow in truth, beauty, and goodness represented in literature. Nazis, Islamic armies, the Golden Horde, whoever– may God give me grace to want to forgive such truly and deeply evil people and their actions.
Heaven’s High Halls
Imagine walking the glowing stacks of living golden books, extending high and wide and far.
What could you read about? What books pass on to friends and others to enjoy? The events of the Bible as they happened? The places, faces, and people of the Old & New Testament? The wonders & beauties of the universe? Atlantis? Prehistoric civilizations? Aliens? The pyramids in their original glory? The lost books of Aristotle, Sophocles? All the amazing creatures that ever lived on every world? History as it was? All the songs about the martyrs, known and unknown?
There is so much that is lost by the death of living witnesses, societies, libraries, art, and architecture. There is more danger in the loss of interest in books, in the learning, pondering, marking, inwardly digesting which has helped build & preserve society since forever.
Stupiding Ourselves To Death
Technology, twinkling lights, factoid rich ignorance in which literature is shrugged off is more of a threat to all of us that the attempts by our elites to dumb us down and hide the truth of the past & present. Neil Postman comments & warns:
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.
Civilizations decline & die for many and various reasons: that our western success in technology, irrelevant pop culture, and stupiding ‘educational systems’ might in fact iceberg our own Titanic would be a very sad tale for future societies to reflect upon. We have been warned.
Finally, In Conclusions
I hope that the completeness and culmination of all things which will be the eternal progress into God which is heaven includes a remembrance of all things in their truth. The Libraries Of Heaven.
If not that, then something so much better. ~