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  •  Leaving Omelas for a "Better Place"? (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for bringing this wonderful story to my attention. The metaphorical parallel to Guantanamo is clear. I have found myself reconsidering the story several times over the past few days.

    I have one problem with your interpretation of where people go when they walk away from Omelas. You say,

    As the narrator describes the people who decline the bargain, she mentions the place to which these people go. It is a better place than Omelas; she says, almost in passing, "I cannot describe it at all."

    I believe that it is your opinion that those who leave Omelas go to a better place. I think that I agree with you, but my reading of the ending did not give me any clue as to whether the place they are going is better, worse, or is death or nothingness.  She says,

    They leave Omelas, they walk ahead into the darkness, and they do not come back. The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness.

    To me, the ending leaves the question open.  When I first read it, I thought of death, then of maturity and one of its hallmarks being that one is able to experience and contain contrary feelings at the same time.  Then I thought of enlightment.

    To me, her statement that "sometimes a man or a woman much older falls silent for a day or two, then leaves home"

    suggests that leaving Omelas is preceded by a period of reflection and increased awareness of what is really going on in Omelas. Leaving, which is always done alone, is similar to independent thought.

    I think she is suggesting that thinking differently from the majority, or being truly awake, is necessary to personal growth, but that it isolates one from society.

    The enlightenment is a good thing, though it may make one's life a lot harder.

    So thanks again for the diary and the intellectual stimulation.

    Bush hijacked the US with lies about 9/11 and crashed it into Iraq, killing over 500,000 human beings. So far, he's avoided arrest and prosecution.

    by Zydekos on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 09:57:03 PM PST

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