Frederick Thugless here, speaking from a time forever denied. I must say, what a great read Fahrenheit 451 was, I relived my own search for Truth and escape to freedom. I remember, the struggle it was trying to educate my wife, and her fears of being caught “read handed.” Comprehension was also a struggle, it is very hard to concentrate living in an American nightmare. Hollering from the whipping post and the aromas of slave labor can distract any man. I just would dive nose first into the books. Old Professor Faber’s hidden messages like the North Star itself, “do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land(Bradbury,78).” Harriet Tubman also had her tricks of getting a slave to freedom, only she kept a shotgun, technology sure has advanced, Old Faber was working with one green bullet. So glad he made it to the railroad tracks, its all so vivid to me.
I watched “Get Out”, “Django Unchained”,”Nat Turner”, and “Twilight Zone: Obselete Man” since I’ve been free, and now Fahrenheit 451 solidifies the fact that you must free your mind before you can free your physical body. My favorite part of the book would have to be when Montag had to defend his freedom with his life against Beatty. I heard once, “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” I like to refer to it as the “Get Out Moment”. Ecclesiates 3:2-8 states there is a “time to be born and a time to die…a time to kill, and a time to heal…a time to weep, and a time to laugh… a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” The Bible being a great equalizer on one plane of existence and the gun being the great equalizer in another. The rebellious slave Nat Turner, from also had to debate “the state” using only his literacy as the weapon, quoting scriptures from the bible to try to justify his freedom. Debate becomes a hollow mannequin when Truth enters the arena.
A man must save himself from the “the state.” “The State” will begin killing you at birth, making you more ill with every pill that’s to heal you, will have you laughing when you should be crying and loving a fake family in a parlor when you should be hating, “the state” will be at war with you while you think you are in a “peaceful state.”