What is the writer trying to say? You can quote a line and say what its intended effect is and write your personal opinion about it.
In a dreary pedestrian underpass, the way is lined with large posters glued along the walls, the same poster over and over as we pass:
'Help protect Australia from terrorism - every piece of information is valuable.' Some dear soul has crossed out the word 'terrorism' and substituted the word 'ignorance'. The heart rises in thanksgiving.
I love this quotation as it describes how I feel sometimes. The writer is trying to get readers to understand that, in the effort to combat terrorism and gather information on everyone and everything possible to protect us from terrorism, we have lost innocence, informed on neighbors, and given up many civil liberties. When the word terrorism is crossed out and the word ignorance put in its place, the author is saying that much of what is thought to be protection from terrorism is simply ignorance because of the number of civil liberties which have been compromised. His heart rises in thanksgiving because now he knows that others feel as he does about the losses that the fight against terrorism has cost us as a people and a nation. I too would feel thankful just as the writer does.