Ray Bradbury Predicts the Future, Books Still Safe
Ray Bradbury had an amazing way at predicting the future (or was he merely observing the present) in Farenheit 451 (of which I’m currently reading):
Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of the state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information.
This statement describes the exact way our culture is today. We’re more concerned with Seinfeld trivia rather than the political issues surrounding our everyday lives. Its because we can feign intellectualism by quoting The Simpsons or spouting on and on about the life and times of Kevin Bacon. Today’s intellect is not about education or social justice — its about trivial knowledge that makes us believe we’re cultured.
Bradbury wrote these words almost 56 years ago and it has sadly come to fruition. I admit that I am susceptible to the trivial; I find it easy to learn and I have a knack for remembering it fluidly. But Bradbury’s words make me want to lessen how much time I focus on the these ‘facts’ and try to focus on more important things.