“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!”
As I read further into book 3 of the Hunger Games, I see the exploration of some powerful themes:
- A dictatorship cannot exist without subjects. (Dictatorships fundamentally have no power to exist on their own... they have guns and they have you)
- Every subject of a dictatorship is a slave, the property of the state to be used and disposed for its purposes. (Your life is not yours)
- Any attempt to live under a dictatorship solidifies your role as a slave and delivers power to the state. (Life becomes death, food becomes poison, love becomes a weapon)
I like the quote above because effective resistance vs. naked force requires the recognition of these ideas and a refusal to accept anything less than a fully human life.