In "Fahrenheit 451" what are Faber’s arguments to change the life, what are Beatty’s arguments to maintain the life as fireman?

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Beatty states to Montag, "Give a man a few lines of verse and he thinks he's the Lord of all Creation...Well, the world can get by just fine without them.  Look where they got you."  He feels that books make men cocky and unhappy, so why not use fire, which "destroys responsibility and consequences.  A problem gets too burdensome, then into the furnace with it."  He likes how firemen clean away not only books, but "problems" in society.  He believes that firemen are "the Happiness Boys...who want to stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy."  He feels like he is maintaining their society's ability to make people happy. 

Faber on the other hand, thinks that their society is empty, just "flowers...trying to live on flowers" instead of growing from real substance.  He says they need to show "the pores in the face of life."  Truth and profundity have gone missing, and it has left them all empty shells.  He also feels that they need "time to think", and their society with its busyness and t.v. walls doesn't allow for that.  He feels that "the whole culture's shot through" and that "firemen are rarely necessary" because the people themselves gave up books, thought, and rebellion of their own accord.

The two men have differing philosophies, but both were key in Montag's decision to turn against all he knew, and try to start over.