Firstly - how unfair the world and the society is sometimes. The end of the book is set in post world war 2 America where the anti-communism view was taking off. It really frustrates me how biasist and cruel people can be and how bad the system can get. I really hate injustice. And how people just twist words - especially the media - just get to the answer they want. It must have been a frightening time to live in.
And following on from this - the media. This book illustrates how bad the media can be in terms of portraying the truth. Here is a quote I liked
" They had no wish to tell what a man has done with his life. That would require honest witness. THe simpler thing is to state what he has been called".
The problem is - how can you know what is true if you havn't experienced it first hand. If you don't rely on the media you could try relying on what aquaintances to tell you - and there problem with that is that either you get very limited information (if you just go by what they have experienced) or the information is even more inaccurate because of the whole chinese whisper affect.
Or you could just rely on nothing at all which is even worse - because I think knowing about the world is important and lack of knowledge breeds ignoranace and prejudice of other people and their situations.
I think sometimes i take what I read too much at face value
How much do you trust what you read/hear? How do you deal with this dilema?