Fahrenheit 451 Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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Can you see the trend that we haven't time to make profound conversation or think profoundly like in Fahrenheit 451? Can you see the trend that we haven't time to make profound conversation or think profoundly like in Fahrenheit 451?

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Profound conversations occur occasionally, but they are rare.  Most of us live work in this "rat race" type of environment where we are always rushing to the next thing.  There is barely time for small talk, let alone deep conversation.  Once we do get leisure time, we prefer to spend it on less meaningful activities; such as tv, video games, movies, etc.  Sometimes, personally, I feel like I spend so much time in meaningless conversations with other people that I don't want to talk to anyone at all on my leisure time.  I'd rather read or do something that doesn't involve human interaction. 

I guess it's mostly the advent of technology that has caused all of this.  In the time of Socrates and Plato, there was little else to do besides sit around and discuss issues.  Now, we have too many other distractions, as was mentioned in an earlier post, to keep us from profundity.

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This trend is very apparent in our world today.  In the book, Bradbury argues that people don't have profound conversations, or even any sort of meaningful conversation at all.  There is also plenty suggested that there isn't time to even think profoundly.  I'm not sure I agree that there simply isn't time, but I do think there is evidence in our society of people not making or taking the time to converse or even think profoundly.  People seem to, instead, allow themselves to be consumed by the constant stream of "noise" offered today.  Look at all the people who must constantly be listening to their ipods, or be glued to their blackberries or iphones.  Have you ever been out to dinner with a friend who just won't stop text messaging?  It's not that different of a frustrating experience than Guy trying to have a conversation with Midlred while she insists on listening to her Seashell radio.  What would Clarisse McClellan say about this phenomenon?

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krishna-agrawala | Student

I have not read Fahrenheit 451 and therefore I am not in a position to compare the current situation with the one presented in Fahrenheit 451. However, from my personal observations I have come to the conclusion that with passage of time the width of awareness of people is increasing but the depth of their knowledge is decreasing.

A person today may know a lot about the people and events around the world, but when it comes to his own neighborhood, he may not know even the name of his next door neighbor. Talking of liteature, a person had very few books to read, and the ones he liked he read again and again. In todays world of paperbacks people by thick books, read them and never get back to most of those books.

Also the life has become too busy, too rushed, for people to get to 'stand and stare'. People have toomany thing to interest - or distract - them. This is not the kind of environment suitable for cultivating profoundity.