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  •  Expanding the analogy (4+ / 0-)

    I don't think the analogy is the same because the child did not choose to suffer and Jesus did, plus the child suffers forever while Jesus suffered only a few hours.  I also don't think this is what LeGuin had in mind, at all, but that doesn't mean the metaphor isn't interesting in its own right.  

    Therefore... perhaps the people who stayed in Omelas are the Christians who look at Christ's sacrifice and feel a sense of relief, while the ones who walk away are the ones who look at the sacrifice and feel inspired.  There was a great story on This American Life about an evangelical pastor who stops believing in Hell, which makes the people around him wonder "Without Hell, what will keep people from behaving ethically?  What will keep people from coming to church?"  The sort of Christians who need the threat to Hell to keep them in line-- if we take Hell away-- are the ones who stay in Omelas.  But some Christians try to stay true to Christian teaching, not out of fear of punishment, but out of a sense of honor: if Christ will sacrifice himself for me, I need to repay the favor.  
    The people who leave Omelas know that they can't stop the child's suffering, but their sense of honor forbids them from taking advantage of it.  And maybe when they leave, they go in search of a way in which they can make their own sacrifice, in repayment of the debt.

    My apologies for the explicit Christianity here; I try to avoid doing so in public fora but the topic called for it.  As a universalist (i.e. a Christian who doesn't believe in Hell; small u because I'm not a Unitarian Universalist), I like to think I'm one of the ones who leave, but in reality I'm probably just one of the ones who thinks about leaving, maybe has a bag half-packed for the trip, but hasn't quite managed it yet.

    •  wow--I'll be thinking about this for DAYS (1+ / 0-)
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      perhaps the people who stayed in Omelas are the Christians who look at Christ's sacrifice and feel a sense of relief, while the ones who walk away are the ones who look at the sacrifice and feel inspired.

      Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.
      President Barack Obama. At last.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 05:10:18 PM PST

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