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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:41 PM

Keep Omelas Great?

When I was a kid, I read the story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula Le Guin, it stuck with me, I read this story before Trump, before Obama, before George W Bush even to give you an idea, and it stuck with me, that's why I'm bringing it up now. It haunted me so to speak.

I suggest reading it, I will say this though, Omelas is a place of greatness and wonder, but something dark and evil powers that greatness and wonder.

And then I see the US, I see how great and wonderful we're supposed to be, but what is the cost of that greatness?

This is made all the more apparent in the conditions the detained children are in. How squalid these conditions are or dealing with angry and sadistic guards. "We" are expected to feel better about ourselves, safer, more secure, superior because "we" can and do this to children.

The "Great Again" in "Make America Great Again" is our Omelas.

But I'm not content with just walking away from Omelas, Omelas should fall.

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ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #1

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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:46 PM

1. In Omelas there was only one child who had to be abused

Here we have thousands.

Think of that description of the conditions the child in Omelas is kept in. Now try to think of how in the world Le Guin could even begin to describe the horror we inflict. It goes well beyond the capabilities of narrative description.

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