華氏451度–香港(或華人)社會未來的寫照

看到《華氏451度》的描述,發覺香港的社會心理(與普遍華人社會)與書裏「廢托邦」社會相吻合。以下為原文(Bradbury, R. Fahrenheit 451. Flamingo 1993):

“…discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected (中文處於同樣狀態!), finally almost completey ignored. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies all about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts?" (p63)

“More sport for everyone, group spirt, fun, and you don’t have to think…More cartoon in books. More pictures. The mind drinks less and less. Impatience. Highways full of crowds going somewhere , somewhere, somewhere, nowhere…Towns run in motels, people in normadic surges from place to place, following the moon tides, living tonight in the room where you sept this noon and I the night before." (p64)

“…Magzines became a nice blend of vanilla tapioca. Books, so the damned snobbish critics said, were dishwater. No wonder books stopped selling…There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with , no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick..Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time, you are allowed to read comics, the good old confessions, or trade journals." (p64-65)

從什麽時候開始我們(作爲社會整體)停止了深層次思考?我們的話題是什麽?股市?娛樂?時裝?潮流?華夏文明數千年的歷史、哲學、科技所剩下來的除了我們常說的小故事外,並沒有批判性、有反應性的討論。一個社會放棄思想的追求而選擇純粹的物質享受,這個社會再富裕也是極度貧窮的。

“There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance"–Ali bin Abi-Talib

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