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Everything that isn't permitted by The Law is forbidden.
There is fear hanging in the air of the sleeping halls, and the air of the streets. Fear walks through the city, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare speak.
I understood that centuries of chains and lashes will not kill the spirit of man nor the sense of truth within him.
To be free, a man must be free from his brothers. That is freedom. That and nothing else.
For the coming of that day shall I fight, I and my sons and my chosen friends. For the freedom of Man. For his rights. For his life. For his honor.
Their eyes were dark and hard and glowing, with no fear in them, no kindness and no guilt.
We alone, of the thousands who walk this earth, we alone in this hour are doing a work which has no purpose save that we wish to do it.
The power of the sky can be made to do men's bidding. There are no limits to its secrets and its might, and it can be made to grant us anything if we but choose to ask.
May knowledge come to us! What is this secret our heart has understood and yet will not reveal to us, although it seems to beat as if it were endeavoring to tell it?
We fell, but we never let the box fall from our hands. Then we ran. We ran blindly, and men and houses streaked past us in a torrent without shape.
My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.
For this wire is as a part of our body, as a vein torn from us, glowing with our blood. Are we proud of this thread of metal, or of our hands which made it, or is there a line to divide these two?
We have lied to ourselves. We have not built this box for the good of our brothers. We built it for its own sake. It is above all our brothers to us, and its truth above their truth.
This box is useless, " said Alliance 6-7349.Should it be what they claim of it, " said Harmony 9-2642, "then it would bring ruin to the Department of Candles.