Books can be Dangerous!

books2If you are a backward thinking, feudal, fanatic, unenlightened, unscientific, uneducated, dimwitted, numbskull, blockheaded, ignoramus, fundamentalist, oppressive, tyrant, or a bully, then you should indeed be afraid of books.

Because, books can provoke, enlighten, educate, emancipate, illuminate, inspire, break barriers, and liberate minds from the clutches of traditions and beliefs and challenge conventionally accepted ideas and morals and replace them with skepticism, criticism and an awakening of souls.

One book can ignite a fire in the minds of millions that can change the world. Gandhi, Churchil, Washington, Bhagat Singh, Thomas Paine, Jefferson, etc., were all inspired by books. Even the most hated political figure of all times, Adolf Hitler, writes in his book, Mein Kanpf, that he used to skip dinner so he could buy a book to read.

Books are Man’s greatest achievement ever. Bigger than airplanes, computers, steam engines, nuclear energy, mobile phones, rockets and construction.

Over centuries, oppressive, tyrannical societies have tried endlessly to ban and burn books, authors and readers. Because they understood the immense power of ideas that such tiny leaves with dots of inks held. And yet, books have been every society’s biggest treasure.

And so, even today, literature festivals, something that millions should cherish and be proud of, are being threatened. And why? The reasons haven’t changed. Some people think some books can threaten their strongly held beliefs. They are scared of what a book might contain.

Of course, most of those who are opposing the lit fest have themselves never read the book being targeted (it being quite another matter that the book really has nothing to do with the fest). In fact, I will go a step further and say that it is quite probable that those who are causing an uproar, have never read ANY books at all. And if that much does not satisfy you, let me even say that they CANNOT read any books at all.

And yet, a handful of such uneducated dimwits and numbskulls want to decide which books the rest of the nation should read or rather, should not read. In this digital age where there is no way left to ban ideas, all I can say to them is, “Well, Thanks for playing!”

Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution – such call I good books.  ~Henry David Thoreau


About Shitij Bagga
I am a blogger, writer, amateur photographer, obsessive reader. I like writing short stories and some of my works are published as multiformat ebooks, that can be downloaded from Smashwords. My author's page at Smashwords is: I am a huge fan of reading and collecting books of almost all genres. I love reading science, philosophy, literature and fiction, psychology, biographies, history, leadership, etc. I am a habitual reader and not a single day passes by without me having read at least a page out of any one of my hundred plus book collection. My favorite works being the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes as well as the complete Jeeves and Wooster series by PG Wodehouse. Reading is a part of me that I can never let go and so most of my blogs would be based on ideas that I got from reading. Photography is also one of my hobbies and I love clicking pictures of the places that I visit. I will be uploading some of my favorite pictures in my blog as well.

7 Responses to Books can be Dangerous!

  1. Tim says:

    A Christian I know reads an awful lot. Except he only picks evangelical books to read. lol

    • Shitij Bagga says:

      Good one. 🙂
      But that is ok. The habit of reading in itself is quite important. Sooner or later, an unsuspecting book might make its way in and nothing will ever remain the same anymore. If u know what i mean.

      • Tim says:

        Haha. After a debate I had with another particular Orthodox Christian, he promised that he would go away and read up on the conflict between scientific accounts and biblical creationism (which he took to translate literally), but insisted that he would only read from Christian sources, citing worldview [in]compatability. He pointed out that even *I* wouldn’t bother to read science from a Christian source (as if to demonstrate my bias), therefore to return the favour he wouldn’t read from a secular source — and thereby missing the entire point of science. Interestingly, he claimed he would be able to sympathise more with the “facts” that way, whist guarding his soul against the potential falsehood of typical secular authorship. 😛

      • Shitij Bagga says:

        While I agree with the point that u have made, I can understand the reason for someone choosing not to read science as written by genuine scientists. The reason is fear of being exposed to a point for which one might not have a counter other than to say “I believe so” or that “the bible says so.” But what is important to remember is that there are people who genuinely believe in some things and hold their beliefs sacrosanct so it is understandable that some books make them uncomfortable. It is when they try to prevent others from reading what they do not approve of that it becomes dangerous. Agree?

      • Tim says:

        “Agree?” Couldn’t have said it better.

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