Friday, 7 October 2022

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas
Ursula K. Le Guin

quote [ Short Story ]

Little 4 page short story from Le Guin that some memes I've recently run across put me onto.
[SFW] [literature] [+3 Good]
[by steele@8:28pmGMT]

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mechavolt said @ 9:12pm GMT on 7th Oct [Score:1 Underrated]
I've been thinking about stuff like this after watching Andor. Normal people, caught up in an evil system because that's the only system they know and they're just trying to survive, but doing that continues to feed the evil system. When you're facing an entire broken society, how much courage it must take to walk away. But then in this story, there is physical room for people to walk away. What happens when every direction you might choose to walk leads you to the same problem?
steele said @ 6:35pm GMT on 8th Oct [Score:1 Underrated]
If all you want is to walk away, there is the woods. You could go be a hermit or what not. But will that be enough?


Reveal

Sticking to the story's metaphor, the child will still be there, suffering. And the ones who walk away still know about it. Is it enough to allow it to continue just because you no longer benefit from it? Do the benefits stop at the border of the busy town which people freely come and go to?
WeiYang said @ 2:04pm GMT on 8th Oct [Score:1 Insightful]
but doctor, I AM PAGLIACCI!

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