Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K LeGuin

Publisher: NA
Publication Year: 1975
Format: ebook
Pages: 32 (according to Amazon)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

I stumbled across this story today when I was reading Bibliolatry's blog. In this post she talks about a short story by LeGuin that she had heard about and then found on the internet. The short story is only about six pages in a word file and is a quick read. Despite its shortness this is a story that stays with you as it is very thought provoking.

The opening of this story is about a utopian society. Life is peaceful and everyone is happy. But what is the cost that these people must pay for their happiness? (For there is always a cost.) When you read this story is this a city where you could live? Knowing all there is to know about Omelas. Or would you be like those few who walk away in the unknown?

This story is about about choice. When faced with a difficult decision, what would you do? If you haven't read this story yet then go here and do so now. Then head back here and let us know what you would do if you found yourself in Omelas.

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