In February 2014, we read the Henrik Ibsen play An Enemy of the People, popularized in the United States by the Arthur Miller adaptation. Social media has parlayed the phrase and the resulting verbal conflagration is, in no way, lost on moi.
If you have not yet read the Ibsen translation or the Miller adaptation, I urge you to read this play. You can do it tonight. It's short.
An Enemy of the People, like many dystopian tales, mentioned lately, including those of Bradbury, Vonnegut, Atwood and Orwell offer great insight to the fumbling and crumbling political tableau that we are witnessing in real time. Merci, madame media.
Arturo Perez-Reverte, our February novelist, nailed it flintily. He said that we have forgotten the lessons that education and culture provides. Socrates who?
Read the Ibsen and answer this question:
How do you see literature as an aid to understand the present?
Consider this your homework.