Title: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

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Subject: Philosophy
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Date: October 20, 2014
Level: University
Grade: B
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What is not made immediately clear is the fact that the town’s perfection is contingent upon the misery of one child. The relationship is such that as along as the child is treated inhumanely, the citizens of Omelas will enjoy continued success and perfection. The town embodies the Utilitarian idea that the apparent suffering of one child is made less when compared to the good that is bestowed upon the rest of Omelas...

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The people of Omelas operate under the principle of Utilitarianism by the opinion that the suffering of one child hurts less people than the good of thousands of happy citizens, “they all understand that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the kindly weathers of their skies, depend wholly on this child's abominable misery” (Le Guin)...

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