Manuscripts Burn


"Manuscripts don't burn"
- Mikhail Bulgakov

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Eternity Burning: Chapter 1, Part 3

"The next phase is that historians are persecuted. You see, during the first two phases, a lot of lies and accusations will come out against both groups. There will be negative propaganda against both the bigots and their victims. There will be a lot of gossip, lies, jokes, rumors, and generally shady information. But once all of that is over, people will begin to wonder about the truth. Historians will now begin to dispel all the half-truths and innuendoes, and come out with hard facts. This invariably ignites the whole controversy all over again! No one is going to like it when the historical facts come out. People’s illusions will be shattered, and no one likes to have their illusions shattered. They'll find out that the bigots were not completely malicious, or that the victims had done something shocking and warranting revenge, or that the bigots had been especially brutal, or that some generally held view was a misconception, and so the historians will be branded as sympathizers with one group or the other. The historians will be persecuted for their 'views', when, in fact, their 'views' are the truth."

"Then there comes the final and the worst phase. This is the phase when everyone is persecuted. Generally the government steps in and puts in some legislation about the controversy. This is the time period when the idea goes beyond sensitive, and becomes a taboo. No one can talk about in any sense for any reason. Any views contrary to the government mandated one are quelched. And so, the general public is oppressed."

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