I heard the news early this morning that Ray Bradbury died today at age 91. As a lover of books and libraries, I identified strongly with Fahrenheit 451. Even though it was science fiction, Mr. Bradbury understood that books are a conduit for knowledge transfer and a catalyst for transformation. That can be frightening to many people, organizations and governments. Throughout history there have been notable book burning incidences. Even so, information continues to be shared and change is a certainty. Mr. Bradbury’s love of words and stories is a gift to our world.
It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451