Literature is one of the oldest and most effective communication and dissemination formats of culture and knowledge in history, acting as a record of it. Censored or exploited on the basis of self-interest to manipulate public opinion , this valuable tool is also – and has been – used against society, and it is in this context that many political leaders go against literacy and general education. , to have a people submerged in their deceptions.
Source of wisdom, entertainment, and dissemination of science
Basically, the assiduous reading of literary productions of various genres or themes is an excellent source of knowledge and illustration , but it also contributes decisively in the development of our thinking and personality , exercises our brain, and allows us to better interpret and understand everything, the information , the society to which we belong and the rest.
On the other hand, literature is a source of distraction and fun on many occasions, a positive and enriching pastime in every aspect, and of scientific dissemination, especially those books that address and disclose scientific research, with a close and affordable language, for the common people can know them and that they are not limited to an elite group.
Grouped in diversity of genres such as: lyrical, drama, short stories, novels, comedies, literature, it then satisfies the demand for knowledge, culture, and leisure, according, of course, to the interests and preferences of each reader.
Meanwhile, just as man evolved in many aspects, literature has also evolved alongside it and of course this has increased its relevance in the lives of human beings.
Less delicate and more elementary in the beginning until today we reach an admirable aesthetic refinement when it comes to relating the human experience, history, or pouring out thoughts and conclusions on various topics.
At the base of this evolution, of course, the various literary movements stand out, which not only impose an original and singular aesthetic, but also a punctual philosophical vision of the events they observe.
Censorship and indoctrination to silence opponents and suppress free thought
But this discipline also has a dark history, which produced, and even today, continues to produce negative consequences against free thought and knowledge.
Fortunately, today, both freedom of expression and publication are inviolable and respected rights, however, in past and present times, in some countries and cultures censorship is practiced to silence voices and hide painful and condemnable realities, understanding violence in any of its expressions.
Religious and political reasons we can cite as main causes of the prohibition of some books throughout history.
The Catholic Church knew how to be a great censor of authors and their works because it considered them amoral and that they contradicted their dogmas, among others we can mention: Montesquieu, Copernicus Descartes, Sartre, Kant, Victor Hugo …
And of course also politics at the peak of power also produced censorship against those who thought differently.
So with the clear objective of imposing one’s ideas from sectors of political power and the church, the practice of indoctrination is born, whose mission is to instill values and ways of thinking in people, that is, guide them to think like them. , neutralizing dissent at any cost.
Generally, this practice has been especially executed by groups with extremist positions and basically aims to violate the autonomy of personal judgment and critical thinking and, on the other hand, to promote blind belief in what they say.