I ask none to live for me, nor do I live for any others. I covet no man’s soul, nor is my soul theirs to covet.”(96) Living for oneself was a snuffed out idea in this society. “Make them feel that the mere fact of personal desire is evil.”(The Soul of a Collectivist) The rulers enforced the most extreme idea of equality and selflessness in order to make each man as though they are posession of one and other, not an individual. Rulers have created a collectivist
Beowulf makes known that “no man but [himself] could hope to defeat this monster, [and] no one could try.” Beowulf wants to have this fight all to himself, so he can take all of the glory. He is too selfish to conclude that only he could defeat the monster alone. Beowulf cannot be thought of as a hero because “Beowulf only longed for fame.” Beowulf does not perform heroic deeds just to save the citizens, but to receive more admiration from the citizens. Beowulf is only thinking about himself. Performing these acts alone just to get the fame forms the quality of selfishness in Beowulf.
Equality is proclaiming that his life will be best lived in a purely selfish manner, where he will not take care of anyone else, but will not ask anyone to take care of him either. This idea of noble selfishness makes him go as far as denouncing the word we as “a monster”, and worshipping “This god, this one word: I”(97). His transition is complete with this refocusing of his mind from worship of the group, to his new god,
Intelligence Over Power The word “I” is a symbol that represents someone being an individual. In Ayn Rand’s Anthem the word “I” is lost and there are no individuals. Just the collective people working for the same goal. The individual cannot survive in this world because it is a sin to set yourself apart as an individual and constantly have to obey the arduous guidelines of the society, therefore it is fair for Equality to denounce his leaders. Being an individual means you have the right of independence and making your own decisions, which is taken away from all the men in this society.
The lack of education in this society is certainly important in the process but so is the fact that the people in the society had no individuality. This paragraph is about the lack of identity in Anthem’s society. The lack of individualism is a crucial step in total equality of Anthem. Engraved in the center of the town is this: “We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, one, indivisible and forever” (Rand, 19).
They are responsible for themselves and only themselves. The whole psychology of it, the strengthening of religion in hardship isn’t totally absurd. It would seem through all the loss involved in situations like the Holocaust or 9/11, that some aspects aren’t completely lost. Perhaps putting all one’s faith in a God could supply help to make it through extremely difficult times. It could help keep people alive as they wait for some sort of redemption or subtle sign that their God is there with them.
The answer is found in the context of the poem. In a society that is aristocratic, physiognomic and honorific, Thersites is simply a menace, not the noble insurrectionist a modern reader might see him to be. Rebellion is not celebrated, it is harshly subdued. No one is capable of rising beyond their station, where they are born, there they will likely die. An ugly and insolent soldier is not to be praised.
Throughout life, people are often faced with many decisions. Some of these decisions are easy to make, while others are excruciating, as they can be life altering. From a Christian’s perspective, however, people never have to make these decisions alone. God promises that he will never abandon his people, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (New International Version, Deuteronomy 31:6).
He believes he is serving justice and doing the right thing but in reality he is carrying out his own form of justice. Nathan believes that he doesn’t have to be compassionate or caring for the Congolese as long as he is spreading the word of God. He uses this ideology to justify his action and to drive himself on his quest. This relates to the poem. “A White Man’s Burden” by Rudyard Kipling because Nathan and Kipling both believe they are doing what they have to do.
Murray claims “the idea that our most intense pains and sufferings are just in our heads isn’t mystical or deep—it’s offensive” (142). “Pain and suffering are central to all worldviews, but no worldview puts its God in the midst of pain like the gospel” (135). And “the cross is where we find the Powerful One who took suffering seriously by taking it upon himself so that we would not have to and so that one day we will be totally free”