A seminal statement in the book is the scene where Captain Beatty is explaining to Guy Montag, the reason for the demise of books, and what is the purpose of life:
"There you have it, Montag. It didn't come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time, you are allowed to read comics, the good old confessions, or trade journals. ( . . . ) Ask yourself, What do we want in this country above all? People want to be happy, isn't that right? Haven't you heard it all your life? I want to be happy, people say. Well, aren't we? Don't we keep them moving, don't we give them fun? That's all we live for, isn't it? For pleasure, for titillation? And you must admit our culture provides plenty of it" (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, (1951) 2013, p. 55-6).Fahrenheit 451 unpacks in three chapters and roughly 158 pages. Easy to read, and worth the time. This is a book that lays out much that has been ailing our society for decades, and is worth seriously reflecting on.