Month: March 2018

Book Notes: The ones who walked away from Omelas

– A short story about a utopian city whose happiness depends on the suffering of a single child locked in a closet alone – Author wrote to deliberately reflect reality – We are all playing the game of life, living by the rules of a capitalist society – Can you accept the happiness of your life if you knew that your ‘happiness’ came at the expense of those who suffer? – The young ones often are enraged and disgusted, but they learn to accept and even rationalise the suffering of that one child for the happiness of their own – At times some of these children do not weep or go home in rage, but simply leave Omelas. – To where? Perhaps that place they are are walking to does not exist, but they seem to know where they are going – Or are we all the ones locked in the closet, too stupid to know what life could be like outside of these walls? – Her closing words are sad, yet truthful: “Omelas already …