"On the surface, Fahrenheit 451 is about a dude, Guy Montag, who is
dissatisfied with his job, finds himself distanced and alienated from
the woman he married, and begins harboring contraband items in the air
duct in his home. He is disenchanted with the world he lives in, and
finds everyone to be insipid and shallow, with little real substance or
character. What Fahrenheit 451
is really about, though, is censorship, frivolous entertainment, an
accelerated and shallow lifestyle, and a search for meaning in a world
that has lost its meaning through years of cultural degradation
supported by an apathetic yet war-like government. Today it stands as a reminder that despite our ever more harried and
frenetic lives, despite the advances in technology that separate us
while claiming to bring us closer together, despite the ease with which
we could simply check out and not care about what is happening in the
world around us, both abroad and here at home, we must remain vigilant.
We must always seek a life of substance and meaningful interactions."