Equality 7-2521 finds himself at odds with the Collective 0-0009 because he's smarter than everyone else and begins to stand apart from the Collective 0-0009 as an individual. He's punished for this, and feels so guilty about it that he tries to imitate another person who doesn't stand out from the Collective 0-0009 in any way. He's trying to get away from his own identity as an individual. But Equality 7-2521 is not able to escape who he is – his imitation of Union 5-3992 doesn't fool the teachers. Individual identity can't just be willed away.