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There are many similarities in the book between the society of the book's time and the society of our time. Clarisse tells Guy, early in the first part, about how everyone wants to go faster. She says people drive faster, the live life faster. Today, people want everything more quickly. We want instant answers to problems, we want instant access to information. Later in the story, Beatty explains to Guy how their society came to be the way it is. He explains how, in order to avoid offending any group of people, literature and movies became bland. When they became bland, they became boring. Political correctness is all around us today. We change the labels we use to describe people in order to avoid being offensive, but we still give them labels. Beatty does the same thing. Beatty says that schools start taking students at increasingly younger ages. Once, in our society, kindergarten was optional, now, in some places, public schools have pre-school classes. Beatty explains the emphasis on sports and fun in their society. Sports are extremely important in our society, sometimes taking precedence over education. Beatty says that people in their society live for having fun and there is a great deal of emphasis in our society on having a good time. Teachers are compelled to make classes more "interesting and lively" to satisfy today's learner. In the society of the book, people aren't allowed to read for pleasure and far too many people in our society don't read for pleasure. Give students an assignment to read a book and many will go to the Internet to look up information about the book in order to avoid actually reading it. The question to ask is, if this trend continues, what will our society be like in fifty years?
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