The Ones Who Walk Away From 1861-1865, By Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Ones Who Venture Amidst Moral Reason
What is morally right? People throughout time have pondered this question and yet there is still no overall idea set in stone. The story “The ones who walk away from Omelas”, by Ursula K. Le Guin, deals with the morally grey subject of the needs of the many versus the needs of the few. The two philosophers who ideas will be used to help understand and reason with this subject are Kant and Mill. Immanuel Kant, the father of modern philosophy, argued for deontological ethics, in which mortality is based on duty and obligation. Conversely, John Stuart Mill, a famous 19th century philosopher, supported and revised the idea of Utilitarianism, a belief in which morality is based on which action yields the greatest quality and quantity of happiness. The story poses question like, “is allowing a child to suffer for the greater good morally right?”, and, “are people who walk away from this injustice morally right?”. Both of these philosophers would approach these questions from different angles and come to reflated conclusions. This paper will show that within the context of “The Ones Who Walk away from Omelas” , even though at first the choices being made would see cruel, Mill ideas are the ones that present itself to be more correct.
This story depicts a utopian society that is built upon the suffering of one feeble child who is locked away, out of sight, within a small dark room. While most of the citizens are fine with this, upon