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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: A Story (A Wind's Twelve Quarters Story) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01N0PZ35J
- Publisher : Harper Perennial (February 14, 2017)
- Publication date : February 14, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 704 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 22 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,449 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I also found the writing style interesting. It reminded me of the process I go through when planning a story, at least the way the thoughts are organized.
Also, as BTS ARMY, this story sheds some light on their Spring Day music video.
I think this is a great short story for everyone to read if you like a story that makes you think and contemplate life and happiness.
Except it isn't. The whole thing is kind of cryptic, and there are a lot of elements that are left so open as to leave you puzzling. It feels like a parable meant to ask questions, not answer them. In the descriptions of the Omelas society it is both complimentary and critical in saying the the Omelasians are happy and successful and wise, and yet somehow undesirable. We are supposed to conclude that their existence is superficial, sinful, and vapid but it isn't really said. It isn't societal structure that gives life meaning anyway - its personal outlook. What's not to like about Omelas? This is utopia after all, and to complain about what is missing is to look a gift horse in the mouth. One could complain that being wealthy won't make your life meaningful, but being poor won't do that either.
Then there is the issue presented, which is injustice. The injustice in this case is parallel with the Christian idea, where one suffers so others do not. Any criticism placed here would also be a criticism of Christianity's basic concept. We are supposed to both wonder at the amazing feat of being able to limit injustice to just one person, (instead of thousands or even millions in a real world society) and yet be unsatisfied that it isn't zero people. Well, wouldn't zero injustice be just peachy. Good luck with that.
Then there are those who 'walk away', but it isn't clear where they go or why. If they leave because of their conscience or something related to the one-person injustice, we cannot assume that wherever they are going there even exists a place in which there is zero injustice. That would be even sillier than the utopia they are leaving. Also, no other solution is even considered. Is the one-person suffering transferable? Can one volunteer? The difference between a victim and a hero is a choice. I would like to believe that I am the heroic type if the opportunity presented itself. If I was considering leaving the society I might choose instead to take the sufferer's place (if it that is allowed). What if people could just take their turn? That would be more equal.
Which brings us back to the real world. What are we supposed to take away from this? We should be offended and feel guilty about every injustice, even if it is one person. We should try to see the difference between 'this is how it is, get over it' and what could be. We still have to accept that the real world cannot be perfect even when we do our best to make it perfect and even when we do battle every injustice. We should see that scapegoating is a common and general sin that all societies make, and they don't have to make it. Even so, I would happily move to utopian Omelas any day, compared to the real world. I feel that this parable brings up questions it should have answered, and pretends to be deeper than it is. It is a great conversation starter, but I felt like I was less enlightened after reading it than before. The answers I chose to take away from it do not seem like what the ones the author wanted me to.
I lost the book so I decided to buy it again and this time in the original English. It's still wonderful. We all should read it at least once a year and ask ourselves where do I live? Am I living in Omelas? Did I walk away? Am I trapped inside the cell?
“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” is a little different than the traditional short story format, as the narrator at points invites the reader in to ponder about this society and its structure giving the parameters of how it functions, but also posing questions to the reader.
While there is a definite power in this story that would encourage discussion and debate with fellow readers about moral dilemmas, it’s a pretty heavily themed story that is feels rather bleak in tone. But, of course, that is most likely the purpose and the author’s intent, as there is an ironic and ugly twist in how Omelas achieves its “perfect” happy world.
I bought the Kindle version and it has a great afterward from the author about the origins for the story as well as reactions to her story from over the years from readers. The author sheds some light on various topics about this and it is quite interesting to understand more about how she came up with the idea.
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Very very disappointed, especially because it was recommended by someone who one should be able to trust because of his far reaching reputation, Seth Godin.
The conclusion : In the end, it obviously all comes down to marketing. And that's also why I'm writing this: because many more people will innocently follow that recommendation because they have forgotten that the recommender is most of all that: a guru of MARKETING.
Safe the money, spend it on charity.
The "story" itself is an analogy to today's trade-offs and yes, it makes you think. But in this light, the format in which it is sold, becomes even more an example of unethical business behavior.