“Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.” ~ Fahrenheit 451
Faber means here that we have to be risk takers and proactive: he uses the image of “do your own bit of saving:” in other words, see the drowning person, swim out to save him, and if you die while pulling him to shore, at least you are doing the right thing.
This is good advice because it means participating in solving problems, taking the initiative to help others, and being the change you want to see. This is especially important in a society where everyone is taught to be passive and quietly accept the way the world is while immersing themselves in televised fantasies.
Like the Latin carpe diem, meaning “seize the day,” it is saying that you need to take a stand for something – do something with your life!
In this society in which you don’t always have a lot of choice in what you do or what happens to you, you might as well take a stand for what you believe in and start thinking for yourself.
The above article made me think of two of society’s known cliché which I hate the most: Herd mentality and majority win. Most people want to belong they are afraid to rock the boat so they keep their real thoughts for themselves. Smart move you would say but I’m stupid so I disagree.
keeping the church in the middle and compromising for the sake of peace is good_ up to a certain limit and not at the expense of your own principles no matter how far-fetched they may seem.
I know it is hard to swim against the current and no one does it for convenience but you’ve got to stick with what you believe in and go for it even if it means standing alone.
The first paragraph above, I have mix feelings. Mainly this: See the drowning person, swim out to save him, and if you die while pulling him to shore, at least you are doing the right thing. A bit foolish for me. I’m all for saving someone but not if you know you’re going to die for it. Sounds to me like those world wars where so many died for the cause they don’t even believe or understand but been forced or lured to become heroes.
I think in all situations you have to see the big picture first, analyze your chances before making a calculated risk. In other words, follow your heart but take your brain with you.
6 thoughts on “Fahrenheit 451”
I am currently dealing with a situation where the solutions could be messy, but having got no help I have to act against others who show me no respect
Therefore relying on others is not an option and although I’m going to piss folks off, the only consolation I have is that I am protecting my right and what I have earned
The only fear I have is that the cause I do it for could prove to be faulted, or if the consequences may prove too dear
But chance requires risk, so…
Sounds like a dissolution of a marriage to me.
Me, a romantic relationship… No! Life shut that door the day I was born and the angels cried, in fear that they had fucked and let my parents have me in the first place!!
But it is a relationship between two parties who have to coexist, which like a failing marriage is quite apt a comparison
Relationships and all its woes. Someone accused me of just wanting the cloak and dagger aspects of a romance that’s why I don’t stay too long in a relationship. Funny coming from someone I regretfully stayed with for twenty years against all odds.
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They do leave when you take the chains off and leave the basement door open!!
In this case I was the one who left. (Always the one) I thought the door was locked…