No teenager in today's world can imagine a world without technology within a few feet of them. Ayn Rand's Anthem speaks of a man living in a completely equal society and it is punishable to think or act on your own accord. Along with a lack of individuality, there is a lack of technological progress. Rand is implying that, in order for technological advancement to happen, people must be allowed individual thoughts to create and evolve.
Limited knowledge is available when, "what is not thought by all men cannot be true"
(Rand 73). Most advancements are made by people who think and act on their own accord.
Because Anthem's society does not allow such to happen, there is little to no room for people to
even begin to stem away from the technology available at that point. Different perspectives and thoughts are needed for any progress in technology. Equality is left feeling proud of himself at one point because, "[He] made it. [He] created it [His] hands. [His] mind. [His] alone and only" (59). Equality speaks of his own invention, which he sees as sin originally because he thought of it on his own. He then realises it should not be, and feels proud of what he has created on his own. He proves that creativity and individualism is needed to create anything.
Everyone in Anthe...