There was a time when each man had a name of his own to distinguish him from all other men. They tore our clothes from our body, they threw us down upon our knees and they tied our hands to the iron post. I would also like to become friends with him because he didn't care what other people thought about him and he would do whatever he felt like. We alone, of the thousands who walk this earth, we alone in this hour are doing a work which has no purpose save that we wish to do it. What is it based on, if not the idea that the state is best qualified to decide where a man can be useful to others, such usefulness being the only consideration, and that his own aims, desires, or happiness should be ignored as of no importance? We looked too long at the stars at night, and at the trees and the earth. There is not a thing behind us to regret. For the Council of Vocations knows in its great wisdom where you are needed by your brother men, better than you can know it in your unworthy little minds.
He realizes that his brothers aren't needed. We could do whatever we would want in the train way and we could learn things that no one form the house of scholars would have any idea about. The story takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another. On the ground there were long thin tracks of iron, but it was not iron; it felt smooth and cold as glass. After all, he only realizes he enjoys it after he starts to do it and make progress.
For, upon the blue of the sky below us, we saw our own face for the first time. But it is only our brothers in the Home of the Artists who are permitted to draw pictures, so International 4-8818 were sent to the Home of the Street Sweepers, like ourselves. The only good thing I wish we could have a little more of in our society is how everyone except the council was equal and everyone got along. There is a great power in these wires, but this power is tamed. It is against the law to be different with them. It is base and evil.
The Uncharted Forest : The immense forest surrounding the city. Then he was enslaved by the kings. We built it for its own sake. He used to think of evil as being alone and thinking independently, but now he thinks of evil as not being different and still being stuck with his brothers. So International 4-8818 and we have never spoken of it.
I know not and I care not. We glanced through the pages, and we saw that they were written in our language, but we found many words which we could not understand. We saw it first two years ago. Everyone has to be the same there and clearly that is virtually impossible. Being curious definitely shouldn't be condemned. Our blessing upon you, our brothers! Not a hand moved in that hall, as we spoke, nor an eye. In addition to an accessible and accurate text, many readers would like something more: summary, commentary and explanation.
The only way this would work was if every single other person felt the same exact way I do. The population does not know anything but their job and the ten years of education they received. The more mind they have the better. Anonymous 2- Equality thinks it is a sin because he has always been taught to be no different than his brothers. Their school teachings narrow it down to a bare minimal allowing only those designated as scholars to further their learnings. The Unmentionable Times: The ages before the Great Rebirth and the Great Truth. No one will pursue him into this forbidden place.
And that night we knew that to hold the body of women in our arms is neither ugly nor shameful, but the one ecstasy granted to the race of men. We wished to know about all the things which make the earth around us. We found garments, and the Golden One gasped at the sight of them. The lack of free will would be enough to drive anyone crazy. All in all I would agree to be friends with him just cause I feel sorry for him, because of his lifestyle.
We found no other beds in the house, and then we knew that only two had lived here, and this passes understanding. International 4-8818, though he cannot comprehend why he feels such tremendous loyalty to his friend, is nevertheless compelled to stand by him, in defiance of everything his society has taught him. It was a great tunnel. When the bell rings, we all arise from our beds. But this is not the only sin upon us.
In contrast, the people of Anthem believe that the world is flat and the sun revolves around it, and that bleeding people is a decent form of medicine. The punishiment is to be locked in a cellar. The Golden One demonstrates her subservience to Equality 7-2521 by allowing him to change her name from Liberty 5-3000 to the Golden One, and later, Gaea. Equality 7-2521, who later renames himself Prometheus, believes in individualism and rejects the collectivist society around him. Never had we seen such a number of them, nor of such strange shape. This fact is shown with the fact that this world is placed in the near future, where they lose all our technological innovations for no reasonable explanation. The street sweeping assignment also serves other purposes within Rand's story.