In Part 2 of "Fahrenheit 451", Fabers tells Montag that Montag does not need books.  Explain.

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Faber tells Montag that "It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books".  According to Faber,

"Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget...the magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us".

Faber says that if an individual were to look hard enough, he would find "the same infinite detail and awareness" that were once communicated in books in the world all around him - in old media, in friends, in nature, and in himself. 

Books are important not only because of the ideas they convey, but because they have quality, and explore the depths of life.  They also are associated with leisure, because in reading a book, an individual must sit down and take time to think.  Finally, books foster the longing for the right to carry out actions based on what has been learned, making them extremely threatening in a totalitarian society.  Still, despite their importance, Faber emphasizes that the things that can be found in books could just as easily be projected by the "parlor people", or by radio and televisors.  Unfortunately, because these things are so dangerous to powers wishing to keep the people in a state of subjugation, they are not.