Fanaticism In Anthem By Ayn Rand

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In Anthem, the people of the society believed in collectivism, and ideology forced upon them since birth. They were always told that they were and must be equal to all men, for one cannot be better than the other. The society never dared to question the belief in fear of no longer being accepted. Through Anthem, Ayn Rand warned of the dangers of blindly and unquestionably following an ideology; the dangers to society that unexamined loyalty to belief system pose is ignorance, becoming close minded to new ideas, and fanaticism. By blindly following collectivism, the society became ignorant and did not know of any other beliefs besides the one they had. As Equality 7-2521 explores the tunnel he has found, astonished by what he has discovered, …show more content…
As Collective 0-0009 is seeing Equality 7-2521's box, in pure rage, exclaims, " ...we have much to say to a wretch who have broke all the laws and who boast of their infamy! How dared you think that your mind held greater wisdom than the mind of your brothers? And if the council had decreed that you be a street sweeper, how dared you think that you could be a better use to men than in sweeping the streets." (Rand 14) Equality 7-2521 brought his box to the scholars to show how the society can advance from his invention; as he was demonstrating it, the scholars said nothing until Collective 0-0009 spoke and began chastising Equality 7-2521 for building his invention and boasting the box and his intelligence. He also chastises Equality 7-2521 for inventing the box when his job was a street sweeper. The ideology of collectivism was to make everyone in the society equal, and prevented anyone from rising higher than the other. Since Equality 7-2521 gained more knowledge from inventing the light box, he was no longer equal to all men; as the scholars found out, they were enraged since he went against the idea of collectivism, and refused to accept his invention, because their loyalty to their ideology never made them question it, so they were not open to new ideas. As people do not question their ideology, they strongly be true believe that their beliefs are

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