In this poem by Josh Gibbens, a world is described to the audience where the world is bleak and dark and the people are conformed to uniform expectations. In this place, “No individuality survives” and humans are “Mere machines”. Similarly, in Harrison Bergeron, citizens were handicapped so, “they were equal in every which way”, whether it be strength, appearance or intelligence. “Nobody was smarter than anybody else”, so no one knew it was wrong, expect for those who broke the law. So, to have society be equal, individuality and the freedom to think can not be present.