At this point in the novel, does Equality accept the moral teachings of his society? Why doesn’t he fell shame or remorse when he knows that he’s committing a crime? Give textual evidence.
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At the end of Chapter Seven, Collective 0-0009 concludes the disout the box by declaring it must be destroyed, and the Council agrees. Furious, Equality 7-2521 calls them fools and breaks the glass of the window in order to escape. Grasping the box, he runs blindly and trips as he arrives at the edge of the Uncharted Forest. At first, he lays still, but he eventually takes the box into the forest, feeling no fear and knowing that the other men will leave him to his fate. He knows he is doomed and that he will be corrupted by solitude, but he is tired and does not care. He realizes that he built the box for himself and not for others as he had told himself, and he regrets nothing except for the fact that he will never see the Golden One again. However, he hopes that she will forget him. Equality does not accept the moral teachings at this point, but he hasn't yet completely rejected them. He feels no remorse because he believes his discovery will benefit society.... he cannot understand why the council would reject something he believes to be good and advantageous.
"Our brothers!" we said. "We matter not, nor our transgression. It is only our brother men who matter. Give no thought to us, for we are nothing, but listen to our words, for we bring you a gift such as has never been brought to men. Listen to us, for we hold the future of mankind in our hands."