The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas: A Utopian Society

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The word ‘moral’ is defined as a person's standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do. But who on the planet is the decider of right and wrong? Is it God who justifies acceptable and not acceptable? Usually, the basis of morals comes down to a selfish individuals thinking. The ability to be selfish clouds the ability to think of the consequences or outcomes of others. Sometimes what a person believes to be the right thing in their mind, however, might actually be causing harm. Andrew McCarthy states that, “The idea that we cause harm by doing what we perceive to be the right thing, that’s another theme that interests me. Because most people don’t intend to cause harm, they cause harm by doing the…show more content…
A utopian society is defined as an ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects. The word ‘”ideally” in this definition can be looked at as the most important key term however, because it does not necessarily mean that it is true. Omelas seems as if it is the perfect place. It is where one can live the happiest life possible, in the best sense possible. The town is full of smiles, horses, music, and parades. LeGuin writes, “In other streets the music beat faster, a shimmering of gong and tambourine, and the people went dancing, the procession was a dance. Children dodged in and out, their high calls rising like the swallows crossing flights over the music and the singing.” (34534) The people are described by the narrator as mature, and intelligent. The city is so “perfect” even the horses are fully decorated, and although they have a halter, it is without a bit. A utopian society seems wonderful, but it usually fails or is full of flaws. The narrator asks, “Do you believe? Do you accept the festival, the city, the joy? No? Then let me describe one more thing.” (547457) The city of Omelas did not hide their flaw to the people who wished to join the “wonderful” town, but instead, gave them the option to leave if they did not agree with it. What could be so wrong with a town so magical that would make someone want to leave? Under the great city, in a
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