By Ayn Rand
In a destiny the place there's no love, no technology, and everybody is equivalent and of 1 entity, one guy defies the crowd to be his personal individual. that could be a severe offense.
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Two years have passed since we found this place. And in these two years we have learned more than we had learned in the ten years of the Home of the Students. We have learned things which are not in the scripts. We have solved secrets of which the Scholars have no knowledge. We have come to see how great is the unexplored, and many lifetimes will not bring us to the end of our quest. But we wish no end to our quest. We wish nothing, save to be alone and to learn, and to feel as if with each day our sight were growing sharper than the hawk’s and clearer than rock crystal.
It was just an adventure story, but what interested me was the fact that it was the first time I saw a fantastic story in print—rather than the folks-next-door sort of serials. What impressed me was the fact that they would publish such a story. And so I thought that if they didn’t mind fantasy, I would like to try Anthem. I was working on the plot of The Fountainhead at that time, which was the worst part of any of my struggles. There was nothing I could do except sit and think—which was miserable.
So International 4-8818 and we have never spoken of it. But we know. We know, when we look into each other’s eyes. And when we look thus without words, we both know other things also, strange things for which there are no words, and these things frighten us. So on that day of the spring before last, Union 5-3992 were stricken with convulsions on the edge of the City, near the City Theatre. We left them to lie in the shade of the Theatre tent and we went with International 4-8818 to finish our work.
Anthem by Ayn Rand