But the power still resides in the obedience, not in the prison or the guns. Now, what happens if those people begin to say, “We’re not afraid of prison. We’re even willing to die. But we’re not willing to obey you any longer.” It’s very simple. The tyrant has no power.
This means that you should make decisions in life about what is important to you. You cannot have society tell you to what to do. You must exercise your free will and not be a sheep following every tabloid or magazine. In short, strive for individuality and self actualization. Society also tells us to be independent and if we need help from others that is frowned upon.
This quote reminds me of Thoreau, of how he never conformed to what society believes. Thoreau went to Walden for the purpose of strengthening his own mind and following his own beliefs. Why should you do what everyone tells you? Well you should not because you are yourself and not society which
In the book it is explained that people should only care about the greater good in people. They are taught to be selfless and to only do what is right for others. These jobs are here to keep order to their “perfect” society. While throughout the book there are many different characters that break the law, while only one gets caught. The laws of the land is to keep the unmentionable times, a secret and to not have it happen again.
When speaking of Equality’s invention, a Scholar declares “And if this should lighten the toil of men...then it is a great evil, for men have no cause to exist save in toiling for other men” (74). The purpose of technology is to make lives easier, so if the government removes technology, they’re also saying that the purpose of living is to suffer. If they want as much work to be done for the people as possible, then they need to accept the fact that some changes must be made to how everyone lives. Moreover, the choice for Equality’s job does not make sense. In response to the choice of Street Sweeper, Equality thinks, “We knew we had been guilty, but now we had a way to atone for it” (26).
This expression is the exact opposite of the Kantian view on enlightenment and the idea of humans needing to be autonomous. Foucault views the Kantian way of thinking about enlightenment to have a certain attitude or ethos. Foucault says that this ethos or attitude about enlightenment is “described as a permanent critique of our historical era.” Foucault puts in it two general ways or options to think about the enlightenment. “You either accept the enlightenment and remain within the tradition of its rationalism or else you criticize the Enlightenment and then try to escape from its principles of rationality” In my personal opinion both of these essays and their authors have their strong points, I personally believe that I side more with Kants views in his essay about freedom and autonomy. People should be able to stand up for themselves and have a strong presence in politics, government, and religion.
Should never demand things of those around them. They must never take advantage of any of the things their subordinates do for them. Instead of demanding things of their followers, they should instead ask politely and persuade their servants into doing certain tasks. Foresight. Must be able to look into the future of a situation, and never ask their servants to do anything that may compromise the future.
A nonconformist is one who does not follow generally accepted beliefs, customs, or practices. Emerson states that “He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the names of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness, nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” (paragraph 3). Meaning if anyone truly wishes to have self reliance they will become a nonconformist because a nonconformist acts and thinks for only himself. Edna does indeed become a nonconformist; she turns her life upside down solely for herself and herself only. Edna says “ ‘I would give up the unessential; I would give up my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn’t give myself.
Anthem is a dystopian story, it is a story about how society itself is the antagonist; it is a society that is working against the people to benefit the society and not them as individuals. “ We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but only the great WE, One, indivisible and forever.” The society sees that the people 's purpose is to solely serve the needs of the society. Equality 7-2521 wants to be an individual but he will not betray the values that are important to him even though he will be punished. He accepts being excluded from the society , being banished, and everything else from his ‘ brothers.’ He would rather do all of this than give up who he could become and who he is.
Kant’s second formulation of Categorical Imperative by using the language of means and ends summed is basically do not use people. Kant states “Always treat people as ends in themselves and never merely as a means to an end.” which basically means let people make their own informed decisions. Do not use others to get what you want. Each persons has the right to make rational informed decisions about our own life (Class notes, Module 05, Pg 2). This second formulation means do not take advantage of people or just become friends with them because you need something.