Lupita Nyongâo deserves all the awards in the universe for this speech.
The seduction of inadequacy. So eloquently said
I am currently into dystopian literature. I have read most of the prerequisite mainstream works: Fahrenheit 451, 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World. I intend to read Animal Farm and stuff written by Aldous Huxley in the next few weeks. But reading them has made me wonder, aren’t we all descending into a generation that these authors feared we would?
Case 1: Fahrenheit 451. This is a strong case. With Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr(even) and ebooks and movie adaptions of books and powerpoint presentations, aren’t we all getting farther and farther from reading books?
My Facebook feed is filled with memes and relationship statuses and likes and comments on photographs and poses and the occasional faux-intellectual rant and not to mention, the very special, flexible and indispensable f-word that seems to be able to describe about every kind of emotion our generation feels!
My Tumblr feed, not so different. Memes and funny jokes and reblogs and more memes.
We have an exam tomorrow and we haven’t looked at our books.
The solution: a powerpoint presentation. We are beginning to discard textbooks for easier digital solutions!
Are we becoming a dumber generation of people? Can we really be able to survive in a world without electronics?
I just hope the Government doesn’t ban books like it did in the novel.
Case 2: The Handmaid’s Tale. Not such a strong case, but while reading the book I did find certain similarities in their world and India. In the way they treat women. Little I can say about the book because it piqued my radical feminist nerve than anything else. I read the book in a blinding rage
<more analysis as I read more books>
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Me. I. Want. To. Go
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I don’t even close my eyes. Out there or inside my head, it’s an equal darkness. Or light. My God. Who Art in the Kingdom of Heaven, which is within. I wish you would tell me Your Name, the real one I mean. But You will do as well as anything. I wish I knew what You were up to. But whatever it is, help me to get through it, please. Though maybe it’s not Your doing; I don’t believe for an instant that what’s going on out there is what You meant. I have enough daily bread, so I won’t waste time on that. It isn’t the main problem. The problem is getting it down without choking on it. Now we come to forgiveness. Don’t worry about forgiving me right now. There are more important things. For instance: keep the others safe, if they are safe. Don’t let them suffer too much. If they have to die, let it be fast. You might even provide a Heaven for them. We need You for that. Hell we can make for ourselves.
Margaret Atwood; Valerie Martin. The Handmaid’s Tale
I never really thought about it, but I think our life is a complicated combination of what we do and things that happen when we are not aware of them (like the times when we say that life has screwed us over)
Heh, I am not able to explain it very well, I hope you understand what I mean to say…
What do you believe?
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