Anthem was a really cool book. I gave it a 5, which is saying something. :)
Its tempting to add it to my list of favorites, the ones that made me fall in love with books, but its more recent than the other 16 which I put in that catagory. So apparently, Anthem gets its own post. :)
Apparently it was written as a anti-religion book, some would say discussing forms of government, but that's not how I read it at all. It's totally open ended response of how you want to interpret it.
Things I took away:
1) The book says that "I" is really important. You are someone with needs and goals and desires. Someone who can do great things. You.
Say the above lines with "I" substituted in with me: I am someone with needs and goals and desires. I am someone who can do great things. Me.
It's really inspiring, should be a Tshirt or something. Of course the word "I" itself is banned, doesnt exist, in this world. I really liked reading about the internal conflicts that the MC has because he feels his capability and ambition swelling, this bubbling up inside with awesomeness and passion, and how this plays out when he never was taught how to think in terms of himself.
A lot of times society treats us terribly. We become statistics for a survey, nothing more than standardized test scores, or just yet another person among 7 Billion others.
And yet we are more than a test score or any of that nonsense. I think sometimes we forget that Anthem preaches: I, me, myself can be successful. I matter. I am special and can turn the world upside down; me!
2) It reminded me of this video, therefore is great by transitive property of awesomeness.
We so often let society call us dumb. fat. unimportant. hopeless. not-good-enough. alone.
Sometimes we even listen to these lies. But Anthem and this unrelated video remind us we deserve more.
This is April 7, 2015 now, btw. A while after I started drafting, and what feels like a few light years away from when I read the book. Yet I thought of it today watching this video; it really drives home the message I was getting in Anthem so it fits here, I think.
For my subscribers: https://youtu.be/uWi5iXnguTU
But in the society in the book, they have gotten rid of the word "I". And sometimes we allow society to feed us messages that are just as dumb and destructive.
So the book gets to you, it asks you why you believe what you believe. It asks:
- Are you accepting things just because?
- Are you doing whatever the crowd does mindlessly?
- Do you believe things just because you have been told them from pre-school?
- Are you just mimicking your parents? Friends? Society?
- Because it is normal?
- Is comfort the most important thing?
- Or are you going to do something (as opposed to talking about doing something) to change the world? You.
Its now Jan 22. I am brainstorming for a video where I talk about whether we accept beliefs just because they are familiar. I ask if we really have examined beliefs, or if we just conform to what is normal.
I call people out for gambling over matters of eternity. How can one say the Bible has no value without reading it? How is believing in science an educated choice if you are never open minded enough to consider a view that involves a Creator?
I like the way this book, well it doesnt say that rules are bad, but it says why are you following them?
I like that Equality 7-2521 thinks outside the box. He explores electricity which no one else thinks to do. He makes a plan and and he's not afraid.
It makes you feel inspired and guilty at the same time, and its not even that long a book at all. I really should officially add this to my favorites list and you should read it and add it to yours. If you want to read it, its probably at your school or local public library. Also if you Google "Anthem Ayn Rand type:pdf" there are like three on the first page to download. For free.
You have zero excuses not to read this, perhaps masterpiece, novella book.
**Originally posted at: https://yellowducksite.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/anthem-by-ayn-rand-guest-post-kate/