A flag is hollow to me.
Honestly, I'm not sure; if books represent ideas, it could be argued that flags represent nations and people. However there have been flags that represented some very ugly ideas. The confederate and nazi flags could be burned and I would be fine with that.
Burning a flag is a statement of protest against what that flag represents. There will always be that flag. Burning a book is silencing a voice that is speaking to future generations.
That is an excellent question. I think flag burning inflames more people even those who do not read. It is an emotional response that everybody clearly understands. Not that book burning isn't. Book burning is more of an educational statement and outcry for the voice of a person to be heard. Censorship is not good so the burning of books as a protest can be an effective attention getter. I personally think book burning is more offensive (I'm a writer and editor) but realize that veterans give a huge portion of their life (some die in the process) of defending their country. I think flag burning would be more offensive to them. They are taught to look at the flag as their symbol of freedom.
In 300 AD the great library at Alexandria's Librarian Hypatia was killed and the library was sacked and burned by a Christian mob, this was a tragic loss of most of the accumulated knowledge of the ancient world. Burning a book is like killing a mind.
I agree. And it's said 'where they start with burning books they end with burning people'.
That was not a Christian mob, read some more history....
It certainly was a christian mob acting at the direction of then bishop of Alexandra. If you will put down your bible and read a history book you will come across this account
"Hypatia was believed to be the cause of strained relations between Orestes, the Imperial Roman Prefect, and the Patriarch Cyril, thus she attracted the hatred of the Christians of Alexandria, who wanted the governor and the priest to reconcile. One day, in March AD 415, during Lent, a Christian mob of lay Christians led by "Peter the Reader," waylaid Hypatia's chariot as she travelled home. The mob attacked Hypatia, ******** her naked as a form of humiliation, then dragged her through the streets to the recently Christianised Caesareum church, where they killed her. The reports suggest that the mob of Christians flayed her body with ostraca (pot shards), and then burned her remains:" The Library was burned by decree of Coptic Pope Theophilus in AD 391 and again after the Muslim conquest. The fact is that the sacking and burning represent a great loss caused by ignorant fools who don't know the value of a book.
People who burn flags may be protesters. People who burn books are Barbarians.
books have more value than flags, if that is what you are asking.
Book burning. I can't remember who said it, but when a society starts burning books, people aren't far behind. Look at Europe during the Middle Ages and Hitler's Germany.
One thing you will never see is a flag burnt at a gun show
theyre both ****** stupid
Depends on the book and the flag.
Personally I like to get a big pile of books going and then throw a few flags on top for kicks.
Book burning. By far. The American flag means nothing to me. (Nothing good at least!)