Soylent Green
Our life and the lives of the people we love is, and always will be the most
important part of our existence as human creatures. We are mammals, we are
animals just like the tiger that wonders through the pasture, the elephant who
stampedes a heard of zebra, and the whale that gracefully glides though the
ocean. We have characteristics of all these and many other mammals that we see
and encounter everyday. What would happen if books were band? Or we were watched
every day by a camera, or were forced to eat our own species without us even
know it. In the three movies that were adapted from novels the authors have
changed the perfect world that we know of and brought to the forefront the grim
reality of what our beautiful lives are really like. Although the measures taken
in the novels are very drastic many of the same themes can be found in our
present society. The authors have tribe to bring to our attention what lives are
like if for on day one aching minute our lives are not in our hands but in the
hands of a greater power. The basic theme of the novel 1984 is that if we don't
watch out 1984 will find us. We need to realize, when we are being intruded upon
by the government just a little too much. If the government proposes a new chip
to be placed into all telecommunications devices so that it can tap into them.

We have to stop it. (This is not hypothetical, the government proposed "The

Clipper Chip" which would be used to listen to our encoded conversations,
and to see our data communications. We would be safe from our neighbors, but not
from our government.) The author's predictions of the future are really advice,
"Don't let the government control every aspect of your private lives."

If we allow this we will be turned into robots of the system. Perhaps it is also
a look at what is already. In many ways we are controlled, we are robots. In
kindergarten we are taught how to be that way. "Stand in a line, don't
talk, hands out of pockets, fire drill, bells ringing." We are truly
controlled by words and bells. Nine-teen-eighty-four has come and gone, however
that doesn't mean we are safe. The author's view of the future is no longer even
close to accurate. It will NEVER happen that way. No, today we have far BETTER
ways of this happening. With computers containing almost all data, which can be
quickly erased in large numbers at the touch of a but-ton, information is much
easier to "rectify." With new technology we could hide micro-phones in
the fabric of clothing. Video cameras are smaller today. They could be worn
about people. Maybe in the future be implanted in them. Orwell's future is dead.

The reality is that it could be even worse. Orwell should NOT be discredited, he
should be listened to and praised. There are measures going through congress now
that will inhibit our rights in the future. Our own congress makes measures to
give themselves raises. They won't vote yes on such bills as term limits. It is
not inconceivable that a bill could pass to law saying that the president and
congress shall stay in power forever. They could even convince us to allow it to
happen. Hitler did it when he became leader. This is the future Orwell
predicted, he just didn't have it exact. Perhaps it is closer than we think only
being shaded by conspirators. Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about men and women who
are torn away from the reality of life and told what to do and when to do it. I
suppose they really would have nothing else to do with their lives if they've
all thought the same. They're pretty much out of touch with reality. But if
people get out of touch with reality, how can they have the ability to think
intelligently? To avoid reality and conflict, the people in Bradbury's book have
al-lowed themselves to be diverted by technological entertainment. The
entertainment, like TV, has provided a distraction or diversion for this
society. As a result of this distraction, they have quit reading anything
complex or insightful. Hopefully, our world won't meet Bradbury's predictions.

Of course it won't, will it? Well, at least we know that to avoid the
consequences the society of "Fahrenheit 451" faced, we must keep in
touch with individuality and continue to express different