GrahamKennedy wrote:That's what I mean, though. Yes it's symbolic of wanting to get rid of an idea... but the symbol has become a futile, empty one. Now when I see somebody burn a book, my though is not "they are trying to get rid of an idea", but rather "there's a person who doesn't quite grasp what century he's in."
Mikey wrote:Then you're in the minority.
Symbols bear great meaning, even when the act they imitate has long since ceased to have value. The idea of someone telling me not to think a certain way, or that my ideas or not worthy of existence (an excellent way to put it, Nick) is heinous even if the act which perpetuates the symbolism can't have the effect. In other words, I know that burning a book can't halt the idea; but I also know what the burner means by doing so.
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:Sometimes symbolism trumps the reality.
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