So, we’re coming to the end of Banned Books Week, and I’ve been reading tons of blog posts about freedom of thought and creativity, and what it means to live in a society where thought and expression is censored. The freedom to be intellectually curious, and to engage others in that curiosity, in my opinion, is a foundation of the human condition. To ban the works that come from such creative expression is to ban thought itself.
From Bertrand Russell:
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.