What are three things Faber says are missing from society in "Fahrenheit 451"? Why are they important?
Faber was a former college professor, and so he felt like a firsthand observer, and also a guilty participant, in the degeneracy of this society. Faber doesn't think that books have any special properties on their own; the knowledge they contained was what was important, and that knowledge has not been transferred to the contemporary society, even though it could be.
The things which are missing are;
- "Texture" - meaning depth of information. Faber uses the concept of literal texture to introduce this idea, and expands upon it to argue that society has become obsessed with wiping out texture because it implies small imperfections and "grit" when one gets up close; society wants only smooth, perfect, "ideal" content. The lack of texture prevents us from understanding and appreciating everything in the broader context, because there is no context when everything is perfect.
- "Leisure" - meaning the time to actually think about things and come to independent conclusions. Despite this future society enjoying so many fast and automated satisfactions, there is less actual leisure time than ever - all of their free time is taken up with loud, engrossing entertainment and distractions.
- "Free Will" - meaning the right to make decisions and act upon them, based upon Texture and Leisure. Faber doesn't really elaborate on this point, but he seems to be referring to the fact that dissent has basically been outlawed in this future society, because dissent leads to unhappiness, and unhappiness is seen as a direct crime against humanity.
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