Ayn Rand’s Anthem presents an interesting narrative, in which collectivism and rational egoism are pitted against each other. This novella that describes the struggle against collectivism, the idea society has the right to direct one’s life for the benefit all. Rand’s story ultimately leads to the conclusion that a society in which people live collectivism is under strict planning and control. The collectivist society barred the individuals experience to develop their own thinking. Ayn Rand, introduces both cases to the narrative to show you the difference of both, but she ultimately believes that rational egoism is the way to live. Rational egoism cares oneself and promotes self interest. This is where Equality 7-2521 is freed from collectivism and introduced to a new political philosophy called rational egoism. Equality 7-2521 finds that rational egoism to the right way to live. He finds out about the word “I” and this ultimately gives the signification that rational egoism is illustrated in the narrative. Rational egoism is ultimately the cure of a collectivism. It shows that individuals will want their freedom. They would want to express their ideas as freely as possible. Equality 7-2521 expresses that he wanted his freedom from this society. They feel that collectivism is passing on their opportunity to prosper. For example, Equality 7-2521 could not live under the collectivism because he wanted to introduce his new invention. In this situation, rational egoism is a cure of collectivism. Rational egoism promotes the idea of the newer ideas, and gives individuals the opportunity to think outside of the “box.”
I truly agree with the way Rand portrayed the difference between rational egoism and collectivism. Her arguments through the narrative are properly conveyed. Rand’s explains the difference between the two. Rational egoism and collectivism, in my opinion, does not portray the perfect utopia. The two ideologies provides bad characteristics that does not contribute to the perfect utopia. In today society, I believe we live in an rational egoism, we can see the various potholes in the ideology. In conclusion, rational egoism can be bad as collectivism for many reasons. Rational egoism can have the negative aspect on the society, because everyone will have this idea of doing things their way. Also, being a collectivist is not good. They must find the balance between the two to make this perfect utopia. If we can find the ideal acceptance between the two, this can everyone the idea that they do things on their own but live under the guidelines. These guidelines can be put in place so we regulate what is going on in the society. Collectivism cannot rule over rational egoism and rational egoism cannot rule over collectivism.