What are, in general, the consequences when a society gives up the right to read?
In general, we learn from "Fahrenheit 451" that when a society gives up the right to read they lose their abilities to reason. Many of our abilities to think through problems and work through questions comes from our education through reading. Without being able to read history and philosophy we, as a society, are doomed to repeat the mistakes made in the past.
Society, as non-readers, would weaken our minds and open us to propaganda, and mindlessness. We would demonstrate less individualism and wander around like a herd of mindless humans doing what we were told by those who were able go grab money and power. Books and reading keep us questioning and thinking, they prevent apathy and passiveness in daily life.
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