Censorship - A Crime of the Ages. This essay deals with the crime of censorship of literature, and how we cannot allow it to keep developing in our nation (USA).

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Years ago, British playwright John Osborne uttered the statement, "Censorship is the most common social blasphemy because it is mostly concealed, built into us by indolence, self-interest and cowardice," his words, however old, remain true even today. Censorship. The very word suggests the oppression of the human race. Though the history of The United States of America has been a prosperous one, the banning of literature represents it's one glaring weakness. Censorship is the eternal nemesis of creative thought. Furthermore, it significantly limits a person's freewill. Most of all, it unjustly and forcefully imposes one person's morals onto another. The Censorship of literature, in any form, is wrong and represents an attack on humanity itself.

As Allan Jenkins once put it, "Censorship in any form is the enemy of creativity, since it cuts off the life blood of creativity: ideas." It is not possible, or at least much harder, to express one's creativity when certain material is censored or banned from them.

The flow of ideas is altered, if not diminished, due to the censorship of books, magazines and artwork. People cannot be inspired to create when their source of inspiration is taken away. Through the banning of literature, critics are destroying the very life force of humanity: creativity.

"To hear one voice clearly, we must have the freedom to hear them all," were Kerry Brock's words four years ago. However, it is imperative that we understand the importance of these words today. The art of censorship annihilates and banishes the freedom of the individual. People have the right to select their own reading material. Apparently, censors do not believe in this right. Even in the United States of America, where we have the Bill of Rights to protect our freedom, censorship is alive...