The article “Officials Say Flint’s Water Is Safe. Residents Say It’s Not. Scientists Say It’s Complicated.” and the book “Fahrenheit 451” both display an illusion of a perfect society and how the government gives citizens a false sense of security because of underlying motivations. After switching Flint, Michigan’s main water source to the Flint River, their once clean drinking water now contains a dangerously high amount of lead. Since then, the residents have had a “long journey” of “betrayal” throughout all levels of government. Even though the officials say that the “crisis has ended” and the water is now “safe to drink,” the residents still “aren’t buying it.” The government’s attempts to disregard this situation could be motivated by the believed necessity to continue to keep the citizens ignorant to the current issues and psychologically protect them from any existing threat. By shielding the truth from society, the government creates the illusion of a perfect world and attempts to prevent intense backlash by the citizens if they were told the truth. If the world seemed to be utopian and safe, the people would be less likely to question the government’s actions and would instead secure the government from a potential overthrow rather than keep the people safe. This theme can also be seen in the book “Fahrenheit 451” when the government chases after Montag in an attempt to terminate him. When the government has lost all track of him, they find a “scapegoat” and announce to their citizens that “Montag is dead” and that his “crime against society” has been “avenged”(141-142). Although it seems to the people that everything has been secured and they have nothing to fear, Montag continues to live outside of the city’s boundaries. In this dystopian world, the government uses its power to manipulate society’s perception of safety. By using this strategy, the people trust the government’s abilities to secure their perceived perfect world. The ability of the government to make people trust them to ensure safety causes the government to be favored and become more powerful. When society believes that they are guarded, they begin to relax and forget about reality of the imperfect world. This causes people to be more vulnerable because they are not prepared for the worst and are ignorant to most issues that threaten their everyday lives.