Intellectual Freedom and Independent Thought. Two very important things, but yet, depending on the society, not so much.
In Fahrenheit 451, the people in the society did not have much intellectual freedom. Independent thought is something that no one, no should ever be deprived of, and yet, in this society, they were. There were simple things that were taught and simple things that the society lived by. People could not think what they wanted to think, say what they wanted to say, read what they wanted to read, or believe what they wanted to believe. They thought, said, read, and believed what the government thought was okay to think, say, read, and believe. Think what you want to Think, Read what you want to Read, Say what you want to Say, Believe what you want to Believe. –Anonymous Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. – Henry L. Berguson Life was simple in the society. Think about what is happening in the society, but don’t think about it too hard. Think about it just enough to where you know whether something good or bad happened. They could think about the future or what was going on at work. You couldn’t think about the past. There was no need for the past. They had no knowledge of the past. You couldn’t think about whether or not something was wrong or right other than the reason given by the government. There was no need to dig too deep into it. You couldn’t think about why. You couldn’t think about why things happened or why life went the way it did. There was nowhere near enough freedom to think what you want to think. Life is good in our society today. We can think about what is happening in life and we can think about it as much as we want. We can come up with our own minds about what we think happened. We can listen to the government’s opinion, but we can also believe our own theories and our own conclusions. We can think about the past as much as we want to. We can think what books tell us and what our history...
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