Week #6 - Parts 11 & 12
Job - Question Commander
Anthem by Ayn Rand
How did ego connect with men's freedom?
To begin with, when finishing Anthem, I felt like its ending was vague and rushed. Therefore, that brought the readers to think how ego was in any way related to the ending. At first, I didn't understand the meaning of ego, now I know it is a person's self esteem / self importance. Then, I realized how this was the great meaning of life to Prometheus because that was a concept where he never got to experience in life. As to why he decided that his son must use the word "I" in all circumstances. To me, ego is something really important oneself should consider because it keeps you alive and conscious. As from what I think about Prometheus, all his life was a wish of being independent and experiment. He was the only one who realized that dependence was deteriorating the community's humanism. In detail, people didn't care about themselves anymore, because it was better to make a good impression towards others. I feel that ego was very important to this society because it did disguise the fact that people were diverse from each other. Ego created a sense of importance within your own self and body. Consequently, freedom is where your own decisions can't be judged by other people, because it's something that one self does to feel significant.
"Dr. Albert Einstein- More the Knowledge Lesser the Ego, Lesser the Knowledge, More the Ego." Spiritual Artwork Comments.Web. 16 Nov. 2014.
How will Equality 7-2521, Prometheus, get his friends to use the word "I"?
Rather more towards the ending, Prometheus was talking about how, in the future, he would get all of his friends together and create a community where people decide upon their own choices, and the most important rule, which is to use the word "I". Now, While I was reading, I came across a flashback where Prometheus' light invention was not accepted by the Council of Scholars. Why wouldn't his friends deny his offer, just as the Council of Scholars did back in the book? That world was used to have fear for being an individual. Everyday, they worried slipping the word "I", or even thinking about it. Thereafter, their denial would have been obvious because they would be so fearful of trying something new and diverse. I'm not sure how he will get to do it, but there is this honesty and trust in him that couldn't compare to anyone else that lives there. Apart form his wisdom, people know he's different, mostly because Prometheus' knowledge was undeniably unique. Until centuries of living in the dystopian world, Prometheus got to invent light / electricity. Therefore, his level of wisdom would make other people think that the reason might be his.
"Methodological Individualism." : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.
Was the book developed? Explain.
In my opinion, the book wasn't developed/written well enough. As a first point, what I mean by "developed" is the question if the book was written clearly as in to get the reader's understanding of every event. From my point of view, Anthem was written in a very rushed way; however, little of the events where detailed or the rhetorical devices only used on certain parts of the book. As a result, the reader stays with a lack of understanding. For example, in Chapter 12, I noticed how the writing was weak in details and seemed like years past, but they didn't. There was no sign of years passing, yet it shows several of his stages in life. As an illustration, Ayn Rand showed how Prometheus said "I love you" to Gaea, known as the Golden One, and then he went to having a child. Something I disliked about the ending was that nothing really was explained about the character's life, but some of the main concepts were stated. It was mostly really confusing because the stages of Prometheus' life weren't explained or clear. There is a point where I think that Ayn Rand might have accidentally rushed to writing the ending of Anthem. In conclusion, Ayn Rand's book really made me confused; even so, it did have its sagacious moments.