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In the stories, Anthem, by Ayn Rand, and by the Waters of Babylon, by Stephen Vincent Benet, every one of the principal characters posses a desire deep inside themselves to discover things that they don't already know about. Equality and John both live in societies where nearly all knowledge of the past has been forgotten. These communities are enveloped in superstition, which causes them to fear the unknown. The desire within Equality and John, but brings them beyond these fears and leads them to learn many new things about the "old times". Anthem begins off with Equality sense as though he sinned for believing of discovering and learning new things. He stumbled upon a tube through the night, something that he instantly knew was from the unmentionable times. This tunnel provided a place where Equality could experimentation and believe as an individual. It was here that he discovered power. Though he had been aware that the scholars could be upset at him for disobeying the laws and doing experiments on his own, Equality was so excited about his creation that he wanted nothing more than to discuss it with his or her people. He felt that it would assist their society exceptionally. The scholars were angry because he challenged their ways of believing and attempted to alter the method that they had generated. They spoke of ruining his invention and Equality listened no longer. He ran out from the town into the uncharted forest, where it was said that no man ever endured...