"You must become so free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." -Albert Camus
In honor of #BannedBooksWeek, I figured I definitely needed to make a post on the horrors of censorship and how it limits intellectual growth. Over the years, various governments, usually those based in religion, have banned books that they think have an agenda against their own. Normally, these books do have a different point of view, but that is what makes them great.
I recently read John Milton's Areopagitica. This essay is an appeal to the Papacy to drop the legislative censorship act that they had just put into motion. It's most a selfish piece. Milton was viewed as heretic by many church members and he was afraid of his work being censored or unpublished. However, regardless of his intention in writing it, the meaning inside of it is relevant: you need to read all kinds of books to decide what you think is right or wrong and you should never be limited in your intellectual - and ultimately moral - journey.
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