"Not only is it our great leader's birthday - but we also stop our enemies once again. We stop them reaching into our minds...'" (Zusak 110).
The idea that knowledge is power is a widely known concept. But there is another side of that coin, the idea that the lack of knowledge is just as powerful for those who posses knowledge. This theme plays a prominent role within history and The Book Thief. The Nazis burnt any book they felt went against their ideals, extinguishing any alternate way of thinking for the public. There is no doubt the Nazis found power in censorship. They found power in the peoples lack of knowledge. As explained on page 110 they celebrated the burning of the books as a way of stealing knowledge from the public. In the eyes of the public being locked in a dark room of unknowing is the worst way to watch the world pass by. Kept in the dark and un-allowed to light a candle. The people watched as these terrible events took place, but didn't have the knowledge to recognize them for what they were.
Before we begin dissecting this song lets define the word hurt in this instance. In the song and in this breakdown hurt will be used as a broad and general term. Hurt can have many different meanings whether that's physical or mental. Within this popular song made by the infamous Jackson 5, they describe the notion that the knowledge you lack wont hurt you. I find this to be just as true as it is false. It is true in the way that as long as you are not aware of events happening there is no way to stress over them. You can't truly fear for someones life if you don't they are in danger. Then there is the false side, which has a couple of variations. One being the information you don't know wont hurt you, until the probable learning of said information. Once they learn the information it goes from not hurting them to possibly hurting them. The other variations is when the person never fully gains awareness for the information, but their ignorance over time has hurt those around them horribly. So horribly in fact that they might become distant from that person or leave all together, destroying that relationship. The person never fully gained the knowledge but the censorship done by them or a higher power eventually caused them to hurt.
Theme 3: The Influence of Stereotypes is Stronger than Personal Encounters