Ego: A person's sense of self-esteem or self-importance. We picked a stone and we sent it as an arrow at a bird. Here are the lyrics the theme song. We tried to forget our lessons, but we always remembered. Tomorrow we shall be one of you again. May the Council have mercy upon us! For the first time do we know how strong our arms are.
The rulers of this society do not permit any individual to think freely; all must subordinate themselves to the state. At night, we choose a clearing, and we build a ring of fires around it. And we wonder how it came to pass that these secrets were lost to the world. Not even the horrific society in which Equality 7-2521 lived was able to extinguish the human ego completely. It is my eyes which see, and the sight of my eyes grants beauty to the earth.
He was enslaved by his birth, by his kin, by his race. For in the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. And we saw no breath to stir the folds of their white togas. Our glass box lay beside us. We have broken the laws. The deluded citizens have only one self-concept available to them — splintered fragments of the group.
It is not to be believed! We could also rise, or run, or leap, or fall down again. In nature, by contrast, he lives by the effort of his own hands and mind. Then we thought of the meaning of that which lay before us. There is some word, one single word which is not in the language of men, but which has been. But we think that the Council of Scholars is blind. I know not if this earth on which I stand is the core of the universe or if it is but a speck of dust lost in eternity.
It was a great tunnel. The Teachers were just, for they had been appointed by the Councils, and the Councils are the voice of all justice, for they are the voice of all men. They start to greet each other with a secret hand motion. There is so much work ahead for all of us, for all the Scholars of the world. She wants the novella to be a warning to all people everywhere that collectivism is an evil perpetrated on the human race, and that wherever it is implemented, it will bring about the demise of men. And in these two years we have learned more than we had learned in the ten years of the Home of the Students.
The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them. Only their eyes grew wider, and there was triumph in their eyes, and it was not triumph over us, but over things we could not guess. The fire flickers in the oven and blue shadows dance upon the walls, and there is no sound of men to disturb us. Land of our forefathers, Thy brow is wreathed with a glorious garland of flowers. He spends a lot of time reflecting on his life, reflecting on his sins and crimes, and sort of getting himself up to date on everything that has happened to him to bring him to where he is now.
Then we lit a candle, and we brought paper from the room of the manuscripts, and we sat by the window, for we knew that we could not sleep tonight. It is my will which chooses, and the choice of my will is the only edict I must respect. We wished to know about all the things which make the earth around us. What—even if we have to burn for it like the Saint of the Pyre—what is the Unspeakable Word? We were thinking that these were thoughts without sense, but before we knew it our body had risen in one leap. And as we all undress at night, in the dim light of the candles, our brothers are silent, for they dare not speak the thoughts of their minds. There were five members of the Council, three of the male gender and two of the female. They had torn out the tongue of the Transgressor, so that they could speak no longer.
When he and Equality 7-2521 discover the tunnel in which Equality 7-2521 hides to write his journal and make his discoveries, he is torn between loyalty to his friend and his desire not to break the law. So we called International 4-8818, and together we scraped the earth around the bar. May the Council have mercy upon both our hearts! We do not understand them, but we think that the men of the Unmentionable Times had known our power of the sky, and these things had some relation to it. A sound reference text is precisely what I have endeavored to provide with this electronic edition. For thirty days we have not been here, in our tunnel. For I know what happiness is possible to me on earth.
If this is the great evil of being alone, then what is good and what is evil? Everyone must be happy at all times, but apparently they're not allowed to show it spontaneously. So the women of the field were weary, and they tarried over their work, and they were far from the road when we came. Create in our breasts, hearts of steel! In addition to representing a chance to start over, the forest represents a gateway into the past that society has lost but that Equality 7-2521 seeks. They stood still as a stone, and they looked straight upon us, straight into our eyes. There is no reason to have guards, for men have never defied the Councils so far as to escape from whatever place they were ordered to be.