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A Kid's View
by Giovanni Venezia

Cold, Blank and Concrete

Books and reading play an important part of our lives. Really, they play an essential role in the way we think and perceive the world before us. I have recently (when writing the article) began reading Fahrenheit 451, a novel written in the 1950’s by Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury.

The main character meets a few people who turn his thinking upside down. He starts to not go with the rest of society, beginning to question the “perfect” world before him. The one thing that really struck me, and also struck up a fiery and heated conversation in my class, was how his wife spent her days in the “living” room. The walls were basically large TV panels with “relatives” that communicated with each other.

But the main character was absolutely shocked about how they would argue with them, but nothing was really being said. Comments like, “Why are you angry?” and “Because you are!” in this so called living room, with music blaring and this going on for hours a day. Then it really bothered him.

But I think this is much of our life in general. Why is it that in the U. S., 40 degrees to 43 degrees of all marriages end in divorce? There is also an increase in suicide. This is not right, and I think as technology develops, many of our lives become less and less personable.

Family and friends are important, and just sitting to watch an hour of television won’t help grow and sustain the relationships. TV has become really mind-numbing. Talking about a movie or TV will help, but we often miss this conversation. This is one thing I admire greatly about strong families, and friends that spend true time with one another.

I think that this depiction of our future can be wrong. We don’t want our world to be blank and useless, at least I don’t. I am not sure what to do, as life is confusing. But many of us do know that we want to live life.

“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”

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