This mistake removed the thoughts and actions of individuals, which is what allows a society to flourish. While the city in Ayn Rand’s novella uses a complex system of laws and government controls in hope of suppressing ego, they ultimately fail due to the fact that there will always be someone whose ego cannot be suppressed, which is why the society that Equality 7-2521’s has envisioned creating would include none of these rules. Anthem’s community removes individuality and in its place instates a sense of togetherness and collectivism in an attempt to eradicate ego. First, the assault on the individualistic nature of mankind is overwhelming evident in the moss-strewn marble engraving above the Palace of the World Council: "We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever" (19).
Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise. In a society that functions by this proverb, wisdom is hard to come by. However, for a being longing for this wisdom, with a natural urge of curiosity, this “bliss” is hell. Equality, a being longing for the validation of his differences in a society of group mentality, is spare of individual morality. He accepts the ignorance of total equality that is forced on him, but is contrastingly different from the image of a part of a communal whole.
The idea of civil disobedience is to make yourself more “free” by purposely disobeying the government, who Thoreau believes, “is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it,” (Thoreau, On the duty of civil disobedience 3). From this quote, we can see Thoreau believes by doing these acts of disobedience the individual will become one with itself, and be able to break free of society’s grip. However, Thoreau fails to grasp the benefits of being a part of a society, which include receiving aid from the government if you are struggling, having low cost healthcare, and being active with others. These things can be essential to life. As in a transcendental utopian society, there is no way to seek out medical help, as you are out by yourself, with whatever you need as a necessity.
Therefore, this is the direct result of the negative mentality and the unwillingness to acknowledge that he was not liable guilty, the corrupt justice system would not be resolved. It is apparent that although the reader may think that the human nature would want righteousness or and kindness, it goes to show how people allow themselves to be manipulated and lose their self control so
However, humans’ egoism and selfishness disturb others’ freedom, because they think freedom is something that will solve their life problems and reduce responsibility from them. These circumstances make humankind incapable of using their freedom and create chaos. Thus, persons realize that it is necessary to create something that can control them and prevent chaos. And the example of comparison between authority and freedom is Jesus and The Grand Inquisitor in “The Brothers Karamazov”. On the one hand is Jesus
Later he decides to free the world of collectivism by conquering it and destroying collectivism (104). He believes collectivism is the greatest evil of all, coming to this conclusion after finally himself, his “true” self and not the self society wants him to believe is himself. He values himself so much over the rest of society he sees himself as the rightful ruler of the world, free of rules and untouched by laws. His sense of self is inflated so high that he eventually chooses to free himself, and others of collectivist
They were naïve and they became so mindlessly loyal to the world. For example, when Equality 7-2521 easily escaped from the Palace of Corrective Detention, this evince that his peers were so obedient that they will not even exert their individual wills against the Council by attempting to escape from prison. This additionally shows the amount of power the Council had over the society. Moreover, the novel “Anthem” portrays Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism through the quest of a hero named Equality 7-2521. The hero’s quest was to find individualism in a world of collectivism.
Thomas More’s imagined society of Utopia is a country filled with unique laws and customs that differ greatly from those of modern day nations. Even in More’s own time these ideas of how a country should be run were considered impossible to implement. One such feature of the Utopian Republic which may seem odd today, but was vital to the Utopians, is that the importance of the community be placed above the importance of the individual. Focusing too closely on one’s own wants and needs leads to a selfish negligence of the needs of others. In a society where one man’s work provided for the majority of the population, an attitude of selfishness was detrimental to community welfare.
In Anthem, Equality realized he wasn’t happy with the world he was living in. “My happiness is not the means to an end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is ites own purpose.” All Equality ends up caring about is his happiness and if he has to go against the council he doesnt care
More finds that creating strict regulations and limiting men’s freedom will result in a happy and successful society. Paine opposes this theory, suggesting that limitations ought to be placed on the government before they are imposed on the people. Thus, though they agree on the nature of man and the necessity of community, More and Paine would be hard-pressed to find common ground on the issue of