“No single one can possess greater wisdom than the many scholars who are elected by all men for their wisdom. Yet we can. We do. We have fought against saying it, but now it is said. We do not care. We forget all men, all laws and all things save our metals and our wires. So much is still to be learned! So long a road lies before us, and what care we if we must travel it alone!” (pg. 54)
He fights against his inner thoughts and eventually, his determination to stand apart from the rest of society overpowers what he has previously learned, which solves the conflict. Equality makes it his mission to break from his collectivist society and become an individual. Equality 7-2521 vs. The Council of the Home Equality returned late to his Home of the Street Sweepers from his adventure in the tunnel one night. He was caught and questioned by the Council of the Home. “’Where have you been?’ we thought of our glass box and of our light, and we forgot all else. And we answered: ‘We will not tell you.’” (pg. 63) Equality said earlier he did not want any other men, especially the Council to know of his discovery, and if they surrendered the tunnel, they would surrender their lives along with it. The conflict is resolved by Equality being lashed as he expected to be, but he never tells, and is then put in prison. Equality refused to betray the light he had created. “’Take our brother Equality 7-2521 to the Palace of Corrective Detention. Lash them until they tell.’” (pg. 64)
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