Sunday, March 29, 2009


In her novel "Anthem", Ayn Rand creates a Utopian society that is really not a Utopia at all, but instead this world illustrates dystopia. The philosophy taught to the members in Equality 7-2521's society stressed the importance of collectivism and living solely for the benefit of others.

Preference was a major transgression. Having a preference could turn into interest and the desire to make individual choices.

In this society, where individuality is unacceptable, all distinguishing traits were frowned upon, and superiority was forbidden.

Working every day of their lives, these people had no chance for renewal. Mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted, by the time they reached forty one does not wonder why they are sent to the "Home of the Useless".