A Not So Utopia

In The One who Walks Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin we quickly learn of  a place in which everyone live a happy life but with a catch. As soon you start reading the story you see this happy  city “They were not simple folk, you see, though they were happy. ” (Page 1 Paragraph 2) They had celebrations in the streets. But as soon you start believing that there was a true utopia you learn of the sick catch “Do you believe? Do you accept the festival, the city, the joy? No? Then let me describe one more thing.”(Page 3 Paragraph 2) To have this beautiful utopia there has to be child who has to live in this room under the beautiful buildings, a room with no windows  and a dirty floor. this liitle kid who looks like 6 but actually is 10 gets harssaed and beaten by the people of Omelas (One of them may come and kick the child to make it stand up.) (Page 3 Paragraph 3) It is only the few brave and smart ones who leave Omelas the city of happiness to the unknown ( But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.) (Page 4 Paragraph 3)

This story makes us ask the fundamental question of how much we are wiling to overlook for happiness. Are we willing to let others suffer to live in a city of happiness. This story makes you think is the suffering of one kid worth the happiness of a whole city. In my mind this is an acceptable return but as you see there people who live there young and old leave the city and never return

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