“Happiness and whether or not they are

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order …” (Merton). To find true happiness and live life to its fullest, one must learn to find the healthy balance in all aspects of life. Individuals cannot keep ignoring family and friends around them. The inability to understand the concept of balance in life will lead to the failure of discovering the purpose of life. It just so happens that humans are the reason of their own dissatisfaction, because of choosing to surround themselves with unnecessary distractions. Being caught up in their selfish pursuits, they become simple minded, isolated, aloof from reality. Mortals are willing to alter reality and use technology to create fantasies of personal desires. Humans choose these distractions, instead of building devoted relationships. Additionally, humans are constantly preoccupied with technology, which imperils one’s state of mind and family values. Humans’ emotions rely on their well being and whether or not they are connected to others. In his work Fahrenheit 451 and The Veldt, Ray Bradbury explicates the consequences of humanity losing touch with reality by not setting appropriate boundaries, resulting in dissatisfied lives and dispassionate relationships. In Bradbury’s work, it is strange to see Montag and his wife, who have been married for ten years, rarely engage in a deep and meaningful conversation, which would result in a more intimate relationship. Neither of them could remember “the first time they ever met” (Fahrenheit 451 40) .Mildred refers to the parlour as “her family” (Fahrenheit 451 69) and she even believed that her “family loves her with all their heart and soul” (Fahrenheit 451 73).  Millie indulged herself in selfish desires, thinking that her fantasy world was reality. She poured herself into those shows and talked to them as if they were real human beings. Excluding Montag out of her life, she believed that the parlour was what really mattered, filling her life with fictitious happiness. Eventually, Montag started to realize that she “meant nothing to him” (Fahrenheit 451 91). Being equipped with such modern technology could have positively changed her life, but she was unable to find the needed balance between entertainment and a relationship with her husband. This imbalance created distance in the relationship, with nothing but emptiness between them. Attempting to find that instant gratification from technology, often times takes away from the most important relationship in life. Similarly, characters George and Lydia Hadley, from The Veldt, struggled to find the needed balance with their kids who chose technology over their family. The Hadley’s built a nursery for their children that was meant to help “work off their neuroses,” but it brought them even further away from reality instead (The Veldt 5). The room replaced the parents in their “children’s affections” and without a limit of how much time the children spent in it, the nursery  soon became “far more important in their lives than their parents” (The Veldt 6). The kids “lived for the nursery” (The Veldt 2) and began “spending a little too much time,” creating a life “to fill their every desire” (The Veldt 3). Evidently, the room became a channel “toward destructive thoughts” and destroyed their ability to prioritize family over everything else (The Veldt 6). The parents were careless not to set boundaries for the fantasy room. They thought that they were providing something that was necessary for the children, when the missing beneficiary was a sincere family relationship. This decision resulted in them not being able to interact with each other, creating a barrier in the family. Having no connection with one another, the kids were able to make a fallible decision by choosing a fantasy over their parents. Society does not realize the importance of maintaining a balanced life, including control over technology and other forms of entertainment. Accordingly, Fahrenheit 451 and The Veldt by Ray Bradbury both bring attention to the fact that often times, people get lost in the superficial aspects of life and forget what is truly of value. Initially, technology was invented to improve and assist the lives of humans, but mankind contorted it into a source of narcissistic self-gratification. Most see it as entertainment, instead of its true purpose: assistance. Failing to find that balance, society is never able to feel authentic happiness. Today, people are unable to maintain healthy boundaries, causing shallow relationships and leading dissatisfied lives. It is important to resist the distractions of the world and build on the relationships of people around.