"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

"Celebrated Passages are Quoted"

Heidi's favorite quotes


"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Banned Books Sum-Up

"They can write what they like!"
-Dowager Queen from The Slipper and the Rose

To which I add:

"So long as you don't force me to read it,
I won't force you not to read it."

That's a simplistic way of putting it, but it does sum up quite a bit. We have the freedom to choose what we write. We also have the freedom to choose what we read. If I personally find offensive
  • a book
  • an article and/or magazine
  • a blog
  • a Facebook page
  • a Twitter tweet
  • a YouTube video
  • a movie
  • a podcast
or anything else, I will choose for myself whether or not to continue subjecting myself to it or simply to stop. I may let others know my opinion, but I would certainly never take away their choice to view or read. Neither should anyone else.

(For parenting matters, that is a slightly different case and I would highly recommend the counsel given in Elder Dallin H. Oaks' talk from yesterday's afternoon Conference session.)

3 comments:

StephanieD said...

I agree!

I loved Slipper and the Rose as a kid.

Sara Lyn said...

Ah, Slipper and the Rose. "I always go with the brown parts being land and the blue water." (Or something.) :)

Heidi said...

"Who is that?"

"The Lord of the Navy."

"We have a navy?"

"The royal barge..."

"Ah, yes!"