ashley marie (altrumanifesto) wrote in michiphilosophy,
ashley marie

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words from anthem

i finished reading anthem today...i have never taken so long to read such a short book. but there is a passage towards the end that i would like to share. an interesting situation to apply this to is the war this iraq and how many say that we must be unified and support our country. community can be a very beautiful, benificial thing...and is something i have always sought out. this it an interesting perspective to at least take a look at.
"The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who would seek them."

"The word 'We' is the lime poured over men, which sets and hardens to stone, and crushes all beneath it and that is white and that which is black are lost equally in the grey of it. It is the word by which depraved steal the virtue of the good, by which the weak steal the might of the strong, by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages."

"What is my joy if all hands, even the unclean, can reach to it? What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and the impotent, are my masters? What is my life, if I am to bow, to agree and obey?"

"To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. This and nothing else."
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