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Beatty confesses his interest in books but decides that human beings want simple answers. They do not want contradictory ideas that challenge the mind. Man has a right to simple answers, even if those answers are superficial or meaningless. You might consider the rhetoric supplied by television commercials selling us the idea that products like a new car can change our lives or give us a new identity. Many people buy into the simple idea that consumption brings meaning to their lives.