How things work
Do you ever wonder what would happen in a world where no one was ever curious about how things work or came to be? We would be nowhere near the advanced society we have today. One of the reasons is because society has become too stressed to have time for useless things like curiosity, but in reality, curiosity is one of the most important things in our society to this day. It makes the impossible possible. But society is avoiding curiosity because of daily concerns. One great example of how our society is changing is in the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 shows how our society is changing at a rapid pace, showing all of the changes and concerns in rapid succession as you follow Guy Montag through the story. Close to the beginning of the book, we meet Clarisse, a seventeen-year-old who is one of the rare curious people in this advanced society. Montag met this girl and started to walk with her to work. One day, just before she was about to leave she turns around and says, “are you happy?” (Bradbury 7). This shows that rare case of curiosity but what we need to look at is what comes after, Montag is baffled and has to think about the question to see if he really is happy. This just comes to show that people in this society do not stop to think about their quality of life but instead they just “live”. But this book is not the only place where evidence of our changing society is found.
Our world shows at a slower pace how our world is changing because of all the stress that is in it. One article that perfectly explains curiosity is “The lost art of curiosity” by Meghan Moran. She explains that “Curiosity is like Metabolism, a force that’s fast and free-flowing during childhood but dwindles with each passing year”(Moran 1) This quote would explain how seventeen-year-old wonders so much about the world when compared to thirty-year-old Montag. Then she furthermore explains that “There is little time to get done what must be done, let alone time for questioning and wondering”. (Moran 1) This perfectly explains how the hardships of older ages make us blind to the idea of curiosity. It also shows that curiosity is being disregarded as something you do not necessarily need, which is simply not true because people would have never gotten this advanced if we just “lived” rather than “thrived”. Our society is less acceptable because of all these things.
Overall, these two sources perfectly explain and show how the world is changing for the worse and how people want to believe that by pushing curiosity out, they make time for the things that matter, but in reality matter just as much as questions like “why?” and “how?”. I have shown the right evidence to make sure that people are aware of the change and how pushing out curiosity is changing us.