In a democratic state, the ability to critically think is of utmost importance. Without this ability there is no room for individual growth and therefore no growth as a society. Fahrenheit 451 and the article “Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?” both talk about the signs of a dystopian control through technology. In Fahrenheit 451 the ban of books and reading and all the technology they have has caused almost all of the population to loose their ability to critically think. Their society makes it so that the civilians aren’t put in a place where they need to think much at all. They can just sit in their TV parlors mindlessly taking part in whatever is being shown on the screens. Towards the end of the book while Montag and Granger are talking, Granger says “Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes”. The mistakes he is talking about are often mistakes that the citizens don’t even realize their making, like sitting at home all day watching TV, or not making real relationships with people. There is a saying that is something like “the only way to improve is by making mistakes”. But the citizens don’t even realize their making these mistakes and Granger thinks reading books is the way to make them see that they are making mistakes. Montag found this out earlier in the book and while he was burning down the lady’s house he realized “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a women stay in a burning house”. Books are a key out of the mindlessness life the people of Montag’s society live. Without books, people have no way to improve and therefore they have no way to grow as human beings! The article “Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?” ties in to this because in the text the author made a point that “People accept what they read and believe what they see online is fact when it is not." This idea is very similar to what is going on in 451 but in a different way. People in the book are accepting the social norms of living their whole lives without really having to do much. They believe that this is the way to a happy life when it’s actually not. They just believe this because they have been “told” this and taught this by the government and society. The government wants total control of society while making the people feel like they are free, but you can’t be free when your ability to critically think is taken away. The people just don’t realize it. This way people won’t be able to grow from lessons they learn in life and the government can continue things the way they want.