The problem in our country isn’t with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

The problem in our country isn’t with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.


Cultures of control abhor the prospect of free thought. The necessity to dominate the mindset of a population is the very top priority of a society whose dictatorial, authoritarian regime must ascribe.

In writing Fahrenheit 451, in 1953, Ray Bradbury created a dystopian vision of a future America in which all books are burned by “firemen.” While potentially shocking to some, it was really just a recap of older chapters in history such as the Bonfire of the Vanities in Florence, in which supporters of the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola collected and burned thousands of objects such as cosmetics, art, and books in the public square of Florence, Italy. The focus of this destruction was on objects that might tempt one to sin, including vanity items such as mirrors, cosmetics, fine dresses, playing cards, and musical instruments. Other targets included books which Savonarola deemed immoral, manuscripts of secular songs, and artworks, including paintings and sculpture.

In all cases, fictional or real, the need to extinguish free thought remains the topic of concern. If a dominant society is imposing their will upon the people, rather than enabling a true democracy in which the people are able to create a safe haven to disagree publicly and debate the alternate options until such time as one of those options are adopted by a majority, then any outspoken opposition to that dominant society must be silenced, lest it create discontent among the masses.

Dominant societies grow comfortable, and in doing so, are much more willing to overlook those in the world who do not have the means to survive. This is currently, and has always been the case with Homo sapiens. Ask any Neanderthal, (if one were still alive to ask), and they would most certainly agree. 

I think freedom of speech is one of the most compelling of topics because I am so continuously divided between my belief in the freedom, and my fear of those who speak in dialogues that directly threaten me and everyone I love and care for. 

We are most certainly bringing this issue to a boiling point (again) in this country as we struggle to maintain a truly representational government of the people, by the people and for the people.

As more and more distraction layers are spun out of those who wish for all of this to subside so that they may continue to dominate their positions in the current world order, we would all be wise to watch what is allowed to be spoken, read or shared and that which is banned, and try our very best to understand who is banning a topic or person or book, and why they are motivated to do so.

Happy Monday

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!