Ayn Rand's spectacular novella "Anthem" takes place in a world devoid of individuality. Humans are a "mindless herd" controlled by the all powerful Councils. To think of yourself as one was a crime, for humanity can only exist on the great "We", the idea that all men were one and one man was all. Every man was a brother. The world was a brotherhood.
"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." -Ayn Rand
In this world, science and technological advancements were lost, returning the world to a state which can easily be understood when they had just discovered the power of a candle.
But Ayn Rand's novella has hardly anything to do with the world, it has to do with one man who dared to think of himself as an individual and deny the decision of the Council of Vocations; that he be a street sweeper. His name was Equality 7-2521.
He grew up different, one of the many great transgressions. He was tall, he was smart, everything his brothers were not. He desired to become a scholar, people who devoted themselves to learning, yet when that was not the case, he wanted to learn and study anyway. He discovered what causes lightning. He built a glass box that lit up without fire.
The worst of all of the yet stated transgressions was that he dared to love a woman. When he showed his inventions to the World Council of Scholars and was forced to flee, she came with him.
And that is when the real anthem begins.
This book has been recognized by many experts as being one of the greatest philosophic masterpieces of all time. Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism revolves around the power and knowledge of man.
Ayn Rand lists Objectivism as a philosophy for living on earth. It defines the principles by which a person may act or think if he is to live a life proper to man. In a nutshell, Objectivism is: