Sunday, March 19, 2017

"The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas" RESPONSE

In the short story "The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin, tells the story of Omelas which is a utopian society situated near a beautiful, shimmering sea. Underneath this happy city, a child has been locked in a cage and forced to live in its own filth. The child's suffering is meant to teach the people of Omelas how cruel justice can be and how precious happiness can be. Sooner or later, every citizen of Omelas learns of the caged child's existence and is taught about the meaning of suffering. Horrified, some people walk away from Omelas, never to return

Now lets just think for a moment: Walking away doesn’t help the child. At all. That child will suffer just as much whether you’re in Omelas or not. The kid just gets to be as miserable as they always were. It’ll be exactly the same as if the person never walked away… Actually, that’s wrong. It wouldn’t be exactly the same, because instead of suffering in this person’s stead, the kid now gets to suffer for no reason.

Well, no reason except for the satisfaction of the person walking away They get to feel like they’re a Good Person, because they wouldn’t just stand by and watch a child suffer. Instead Good People apparently see a child suffer, avert their eyes and think, “I’m such a Good Person for not watching this child suffer, unlike all the others.” This way they aren’t doing the 'wrong thing'.

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