The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas
This short story really is amazing. I am sort of going to spoil it here, so....don't read this if you don't want to be spoiled.
n the story, Omelas is a utopian city of happiness and delight, whose inhabitants are smart and cultured. Everything about Omelas is pleasing, except for the secret of the city: the good fortune of Omelas requires that a single unfortunate child be kept in perpetual filth, darkness and misery, and that all her citizens should be told of this on coming of age.
After being exposed to the truth, most of the people of Omelas are initially shocked and disgusted, but are ultimately able to come to terms with the fact and resolve to live their lives in such a manner as to make the suffering of the unfortunate child worth it. However, some few of the citizens, young or old, silently walk away from the city, and no one knows where they go. The story ends with "The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas."
What do you think of this idea? I read this story in like, 7th or 8th grade as a part of a Utopian study in my gifted english class. I don't think I really understood. I'd like to read it again. Is this idea justifiable?
If it were true, would you walk away, or stay put?
Discuss? Or leave me hanging?
Brentinlouis Wrote: What was that rule about being intentionally annoying?