Having Your Vocation Chosen For You In "Anthem" By Ayn Rand

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Standing before the Council of Vocations, Equality 7-2521 waited patiently to hear what would become of his future. With all the jobs the council had to offer, there was only one that Equality 7-2521 dreamed to be. He wanted to be a Scholar. When the Council of Vocations told Equality his future, “ A finger of the hand of the oldest rose, pointed to us, and fell down again. This was the only thing which moved, for the lips of the oldest did not move as they said: ‘Street Sweeper’.” (Rand 26). The Council of Vocations assigned Equality the job of Street Sweeper not because that was his full potential, but because of the potential he had to change the way their society lived. They knew he would change things in their community that they did not want to be changed. In their eyes, he was dangerous.
In a word where the past is the future and every individual strives to be like all their brother men, there is no room for difference. From the time he was five, Equality knew he was different from his classmates. However, he was not the only one who knew of his difference. The teachers and the leaders of the community frequently reminded him that he was not like everyone else. They “ frowned and said: ‘There is evil in your bones, Equality 7-2521, for your body has grown beyond the bodies of your brothers’ ”. (Rand 18). He was taller and much smarter than everyone, and this was considered a burden. When the Council of Vocations decided to make Equality a Street Sweeper, their choice was not due to error or incompetence, but fear. They were frightened of what could happen to their society if Equality became a Scholar. There were many reasons for the choice they had made.
One important reason the Council of Vocations decided that Equality 7-2521 could not be a scholar was that we was much more intelligent than the others in the Home of the Scholars. They feared that his intellect would change the way their community lived, by adding technological advances that they were not ready to handle. They knew that if he was a part of the Scholars, he would inform them of all the knowledge he had, causing the scholars to see the truth about things that they wanted to keep secret. The Council...

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