As stated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”. In the novella, Anthem by Ayn Rand, the setting takes place in a futuristic, dystopian society that has abandoned the use of modern technology and has set rules and regulations in order to keep one practice, Collectivism, or a practice where people do not think or make decisions for themselves. No men are permitted to think of others as closer to them than any others, or have preferences on things such as their profession. If one considers his own well being and desires above that of his brothers, it is seen as a transgression. The City is ruled by the Councils who select how their citizens
The ideal person to Ayn Rand, author of “The Fountainhead,” is someone that does not allow their decisions in life to be affected by external sources, and is able to deal with the struggle of staying an individual in a collectivist world. However, unless this person lives in complete isolation, that is nearly impossible. Peter and Toohey are both affected by the events in their past, meanwhile Roark is unchanged throughout the entire book. Staying an individualist requires one to deal with the conflict of staying independent by not letting outside ideas change their thinking merely because everyone else thinks it.
How could losing individuality affect a society? The novel Anthem by Ayn Rand is about a guy named Equality 7-2521 who is trying to find himself in a society where everything is controlled and different. Later, he finds himself even though he will have to go through many obstacles to get there. The process behind losing individuality in an Anthem’s society are in forcing strict laws, brain washing of their citizens, and removing of family.
The Power Of Motivation We do things for many reasons but the most common reason is motivation. Motivation is what prompts a person to act in a certain way, or at least develop an inclination for specific behavior. Motivation is not the part that is important it’s what the motivation is, such as love or fear.
Have you ever heard common phrases such as “every man for himself”? Phrases like this are common sayings that have been knitted into our vocabulary which demonstrate our egotistic nature. From a young age, we’ve been told that we must take care of ourselves first, because no one else will. On the contrary, the book, Anthem, presents a society that is shockingly different. From not being able to use the pronoun, “I” to the idea of living only to serve to serve fellow men, the altruistic, “we” society presented in Anthem is the exact opposite of America’s egotistic, “me” society, due to the fact that we are a capitalist society and because of our society’s competitive nature.
The Disparity Idiosyncratic happiness is eradicated and individualism has been eliminated. The society exhibited in Ayn Rand’s Anthem is of a dystopian essence, a domain where one must be interchangeable to his brothers. There is a substantial pressure on the locals in which they are expected to conform to the standards of that sector. The objective is complete egalitarianism, this is the “rightful” sense of morality. The protagonist of the novella, Equality 7-2521, is of this collective.
In Anthem, Equality egotistically breaks past the barriers of conformity and collectivism with innovation and invention. Equality creates the light bulb and believes that his creation will help him become a member of the Council of Scholars. When Equality presents his invention, the Scholars say “A Street Sweeper! A Street Sweeper walking in upon the World Council of Scholars! It is not believed! It is against all the rules and all the laws!” (69). The collectivist society forces Equality to become a Street Sweeper, and as a result his intelligence suddenly decreases in the eyes of the Scholars. He gets placed in that occupation in the first place because the government wans to keep him from speaking out and using his mind, but he does
According to Ayn Rand, she is one of the few that thinks being independent in a society is better than being subservient. Anthem is not just a forceful indictment of collectivism. It is, first and foremost, a festivity of individualism — a “hymn to man’s individuality.” This is a quote by Ayn Rand. In this quote, you can understand that by this quote, she feels that being independent is much better than being dependent.
Ayn Rand’s statements on these extreme ends of individualism and collectivism are daringly bold. While her statements have validity, a world of people living her version of individualism would break quickly and collapse unsuccessfully. Any cooperative organization would fail. Any government across the nation would become corrupt and would collapse, resulting in chaotic, nationwide violence. Many, if not all, world or nationwide organizations would no longer be existent if all men are to follow Rand’s theories.
Or as she put it in her 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged: “Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity...” This perspective has predictable implications for organizing our country, as Rand believed that the sole duty of government was to defend the people: supply an army, the police, and the courts. All safety net programs should be abolished for if selfishness is the whole point of life, then these initiatives, founded on compassion, were bad ideas.
Every individual has a different set of eyeglasses through which they glimpse at the world. As humans mature, their set of eyeglasses become a way of life which determine how their morals, their actions and their thoughts fit into the world. However, it can become comfortable seeing only through one’s respective glasses that, at times, one tends to forget that there are other millions of different eyeglasses looking at the world and many different philosophies at play at the same time. In the case of Ayn Rand, her eyeglasses created a new philosophy called Objectivism: a philosophy that is centered on man and man’s self-worth based on achieving, thinking and doing what man alone desires, omitting the influence of others. Consequently, her rejection
“Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth – don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency” (Aesop). The focus on individualistic characters discovering their own potentials is prevalent throughout the works Anthem and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. In Rand’s novel Anthem, Equality 7-2521 breaks the laws of the collectivist society, a society in which the value of the group as a whole exceeds the value of an individual. He is an individualist because he thinks independently, creates inventions, and gathers knowledge. Equality leaves society behind and treks through the unknown only to discover a sense of selfishness and self-importance, which Rand calls egotism.
Selfishness (Ayn Rand’s opinion and whether or not I agree.) The motives behind selfishness are simple really: to further yourself through your own ambitions without consideration for others. It is often said that selfishness can ruin the best of people. Athletes who are said to be selfish are considered a burden on the team, no matter the benefits they may be able to provide.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand serves to contradict the conventional idea that practical success and moral integrity are dichotomous. This warped view stems from the hypocritical standards society projects to the people. While moral integrity is said to be one of the most important characteristics of a person, it will not serve to advance a person in life. In a similar way success can only be achieved by relinquishing one's ethics. These contradicting notions suggest that to be moral is right and to be successful is good, but one cannot exist with the other, they are mutually exclusive. It seems inconceivable then to retain both, but Rand disputes that notion through examples in her book, the characters. She demonstrates through her characters