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The Benefits of THMANY
The THMANY Dream
Leave Your Struggles Behind
Why We Aren't a Dystopia
For example, in our society, we won't restrict your access to information. In Bradbury's novel, the characters aren't allowed to read any books because the authorities believe that people are happier if they don't have to make any decisions. However, in THMANY, our goal is to make it possible for anyone to achieve their goals, and we pay people to learn. We don't deny you information, because we don't have to hide anything about our society. The rules of our society are clear: each individual must pull their own weight in society and follow their schedule designed by the Planners. There are no hidden clauses, and they allow for much more individual freedom than in Fahrenheit 451. In Bradbury's novel, the government established laws prohibiting ownership of books, since they fear individuality. Thus, since THMANY doesn't restrict access to information and has reasonable rules, it allows much more individual freedom than in Fahrenheit 451.
Also, in Bradbury's novel, the policemen extract intellectuals from society to maintain the illusion of perfection. In THMANY, it may seem as if intellectuals are brought down to the level of ordinary people, but they actually just have equal opportunities. They don't have to sacrifice their quality of life in order to pursue their passions, and can spend the same amount of time relaxing as anyone else. If anything, the intellectuals are rewarded for their intelligence. Their career doesn't become them, and they can still have the same amount of free time as those pursuing a less mentally challenging career! In the dystopian novel, the intellectuals are removed from society to discourage individuality and in agreement with the rules of the city. Where intellectuals are shunned in the book, they are celebrated in THMANY!
Furthermore, in THMANY, no one person has too much power, and the citizens' best interests are the first priority. In our society, the Planners who make schedules technically have the most power, but really just want to create something that is best for the recipient and society. The goal is that everyone is treated equally and has similar opportunities, and the only fear is that people will spend too much or too little time working. On the other hand, in Fahrenheit 451, the government and law enforcement (Mechanical Hounds, police, firemen) have way more power than the citizens. They keep the society living in ignorance out of fear that people will become too intelligent and overthrow the government. Therefore, since THMANY isn't a dystopia because individuals have freedom and everything is designed with balanced lives in mind!
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