A Fight for Ego

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A Fight for Ego From the beginning of time, men have been very curious about anything that was unexplainable. Men have always been baffled by anything out of the ordinary, anything not understood. Ayn Rand depicts this quality wonderfully in her book, Anthem. Anthem tells a tale of the future world, a world in which the word “I’ does not exist. Nobody is an individual; everybody is equal in every way. The main character, whose self-given name was “Prometheus”, dared to go past the boundaries so clearly laid out for him. For this, he was banished from society. But with his separation from the world that he knew all his life, Prometheus gained a lot spiritually. For the first time in his whole life, he was able to be self-dependent. He no longer was told when to wake up, when to eat, when to sleep, etc. Prometheus was finally able to completely interact with the woman he loved, Gaea. He had won man’s most prized possession, freedom. And with freedom, ego too came to Prometheus. He had finally proved what he knew all along, that there was more to the world and more to life than what he was told. In the story of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were punished for being disobedient. They were both presented with a wonderful life and wonderful everything, but there was just one rule. Adam and Eve broke that rule, and were prosecuted for it. Their natural instincts of being curious and disobedient had gotten them into trouble. Both of these stories deal with the intrigue of the untouchable. Adam and Eve had everything, but they both wanted just a bite of apple. They were both banished from the Garden of Eden. But they too gained from their exile. After they were banished, they both began to explore the nature of human beings. They started mating, and taking care of themselves, and so on… When Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden, they created the world as we know it today, or at least that’s how the story goes. In Anthem, there too was a forbidden item. However, it was not a mere fruit. Prometheus’ fruit was in fact knowledge. Prometheus was probably a genius. He didn’t think like all the men in his world.
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