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Basically the scholars believed that all that they knew was all there is to know. Equality knew this was not true because he discovered electricity.
The Council believes that candles are the easier route to light in the society. If you have electricity, the citizens could use it in many different ways, and eventually as a weapon. Electrcity can be used for many different purposes. If they were to give their citizens the power of electricity, that would mean that the citizen's minds could start working in ways that they shouldn't. This could all eventually lead to another Unmentionable Time and moer of The Evil Ones. Equality believes that the Council is not as smart as him and haven't actually seeked out better ways to live.