The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

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  1. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Another thread got me thinking about human nature. This is a very interesting, very short story that has a very good point to it. If you have time. read it.

    I wonder- what would each of us do? Walk away, or stay?

    http://harelbarzilai.org/words/omelas.txt
     
  2. xlii macrumors 68000

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    Pretty interesting story, Lee. What did Truman chose... drop the bomb. Kill a lot of innocents, or fight it out for years with even more dying.

    Honestly, none of us know what we would do until we are in a situation like that. I like to think I'd walk away. But what if you had a family. Maybe you are taking care of some older and younger relatives who cannot walk away and you cannot carry them. Sometimes we do something for the betterment of all at our expense.
     
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    And if we stay, it sullies are lives and haunts us forever. Is that preferable? I wonder.
     
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    I would be sorely tempted to organise a jailbreak.
     
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    You'd need to judge what percentage of the town would applaud your efforts, and what percentage would want to lynch you for destroying their utopia.
     
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    Only if I cared.
     
  7. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Me too. Whenever I face a similar conundrum, I remember this story. I read it in college, and it has stayed with me forever. It's a really good for keeping you at a certain level of morality. It applies to so many things.
     
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    Glad you shared this story, it was worth airing.
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  9. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    And I think very important given the times we live in.
     
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    Two things: loved LeGuin's "wrinkle in time" series also. Read those books so many times as a kid. Anyone who has kids should put them on their kids reading list. I didn't discover this until much later in life though.

    Also, notice what "Omelas" spells backwards.

    Another author we typically think of as a "kids author", Roald Dahl, wrote some dark short stories too. Just FYI.
     
  11. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    That would be the capital city?
     
  12. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Indeed. IIRC, she was driving through there while developing the storyline. On a side note, I often internally refer to this story as "the ones who walk away from omelets". ;)
     
  13. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    I think your inner voice is just being flip
     
  14. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    That was a cheesy response.
     
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    I think the culture must be made up of yokels. It really scrambles my mind to think about it.
     

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