What three elements did Faber feel were missing in his life in Fahrenheit 451?

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The three things Faber says are missing from his life, and the life of his society are quality of information, time to think, and the right to act on your own thoughts.

"If there isn't something in that legend for us today, in this city, in our time, then I am completely insane. Well, there we have the first thing I said we needed. Quality, texture of information." (Part 2)

Faber says the second element is leisure.  Montag is confused at first, because people seem to do nothing all of the time.  He counters that people have plenty of “off-hours.”  Faber comments that this is not the same thing, because their lives move at too rapid a pace.

If you're not driving a hundred miles an hour, at a clip where you can't think of anything else but the danger, …  The televisor is 'real.' It is immediate, it has dimension. (Part 2)

Faber says that people are basically brainwashed.  They sit passively, or they act aggressively.  They do nothing on their own volition.  There is a kind of madness in it.  They are lost.  The structure of society prevents them from thinking and acting on their own.  He uses the commercials as an example.  People sit passively and take them in, and blindly act on them.  That brings him to his third requirement.

If people have time to think, and the ability to get the real information in the first place, they need to be also able to act on the decision they come up with.  They will not be able to be blindly forced to act as sheep.  He is angered by the way society has removed the books, with real emotion and real power, and taken away the real information, so that people can only act blindly.  Society has taken away their will to act, and told them they have none.

Montag tells Faber he wants to reverse this.  He wants to save the books, and save himself, and maybe some others too.  Perhaps in the long run, he can save the original culture, and eventually mankind.  Faber is skeptical, but agrees to help him.

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