⛰ What It's About
The "Anthem" by Ayn Rand tells about the lives of people living in a society where there are no names, private property, where they are executed for saying the word "I". People's lives are subordinated to the service of society, everything is determined by the plan: children have no parents, all study in one place, live in barracks, after 15 years they receive a distribution for life work, at 40 they fall into the house of uselessness, then they die very quickly.
We follow the story of a man who is trying to escape this society and build new life. This man was assigned to the street sweepers, he could not accept it and began to think a lot about the nature of things. One day he found an old abandoned tunnel, which the "brothers" did not know about, and began to spend his time there, read books and invent new things. One day he invented an electric lamp and took it to the Council of Scholars to give them this invention and ask to join the council. The council indignantly rejected his invention because he invented it alone. He ran away from the city to the forest, because he could no longer remain in a society of totalitarian suppression of the individual. He was joined by a girl who loved him and who also understood the impossibility of such a generalized human existence.
They found an old house, in which they decided to establish a new life, where a person knows the word "I" again, where he can retire without fear of interference from other people, stupid, low, but numerous.☘️ Thoughts
Really good. The story is solid, the ending is great and generally feels pretty good to read. Although, sometimes the grammar structures is hard to grasp. The main outcome of the story is that the only meaning of human life is the pursuit of one's own happiness, and mind is the only basis for making decisions. What to do, what path to choose, how to live - a person should decide for himself, it should not be subject to either the minority or the majority, but the person himself.✍️ My Top 3 Quotes
- "The sacred word: Ego"
- "I am done with the monster of "We", the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood, and shame"
- "I guard my treasures: my thoughts, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom"