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Reflective Essay
Since the beginning of time, mankind’s greatest thinkers have come across the idea of creating and maintaining the perfect society. What is the ideal society? A community built upon integrity, justice, and freedom that can come together to overcome all obstacles. However, it has taken mankind centuries to establish some form of this perfected society, and in the process we’ve given up quite a number of our individual freedoms. In Ayn Rand’s futuristic novel, Anthem, society existed as a single entity. Mankind embraced the concept of the word “we” and banished all ties to individuality. They believed the best way for humanity to grow and develop was to think, feel and act as one. Unfortunately, their attempts failed as society found itself backtracking from previous advancements of our current times. For example, they had no electricity, no form of technology or transportation, and no knowledge of medicine, metals, plastics or textiles. In short, their ideology contradicts their purpose, and individuality is crucial to the development of a proper society. Therefore, it is imperative to maintain and build a conscious ego to distinguish one ’s self from others.

Mankind would have never advanced as far as it has without the individual, the independent, or shall we say the “lone wolf”. Many of the greatest inventions ever created were born from the minds of those who refused to conform to society’s expectations. A few of these great minds would be Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein. There are groups of people out there who would be happy to let others think for them, and are perfectly content with working alongside others to achieve means of benefiting the group as a whole. A great majority of those people would fall under the categories of elderly, handicapped, dependent beings, and those who can’t or choose not to think for themselves, and...
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