What Does The World Of Anthem Imply About The Nature Of Technological Progress?

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What does the world of Anthem imply about the nature of technological progress? The society in the beginning of Anthem is a collective society with no room for any independence and it is a society that is very technologically primitive. The collective society of Anthem does not allow for innovation because they reject new ideas, frown upon independent thinking, and restrict people from doing what they want. These three ideas of the collective society block all innovation and research from the majority of the population so nobody can help improve the society with their ideas, which is why the society still uses things like candles when the past societies were clearly more technologically advanced. The leaders in Anthem clearly do not want new ideas in their society. New ideas need to be planned and approved by the World Council over a course of years. The Council of Scholars said that if not everything was planned by the World Council then the sun will not rise the next morning. “It took fifty years to secure the approval of all the Councils for the Candle, and to decide upon the number needed, and to re-fit the Plans so as to make candles instead of torches. This touched upon thousands and thousands of men working in the scores of States. We cannot alter the plans again so soon.” This quote proves that the leaders of this civilization are not open to innovation and when they actually accept a new thing, it takes them years to approve and plan out. They are reluctant to…

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