Why is being alone the great transgression and the root of all evil?

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We are alone here under the earth. It is a fearful word, alone. The laws say that none among men may be alone, ever and at any time, for this is the great transgression and the root of all evil. But we have broken many laws. And now there is nothing here save our one body, and it is strange to see only two legs stretched on the ground, and on the wall before us the shadow of our one head.

Being alone gives Equality the time to think individual thoughts, to record them, to be curious. All of these things are against the law. The laws are oppressive and meant to squelch indivuality, private thoughts.... and idea that is not promoted by society.