Episode 9 | The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

October 16th, 2018 · 40 mins 58 secs

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The Jacksway Collective explore Ursula K. Le Guin's philosophical short story The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.

Le Guin's story acts as a thought experiment asking the reader to imagine a perfectly content and then turns it on its head once you find out that it's predicated on the endless suffering of a singular child. Can people live on in this society? Is this story an allegory for the west? How complicit are the people of Omelas in this story? These are the topics the guys cover in their discussion.

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Resources:
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: http://engl210-deykute.wikispaces.umb.edu/file/view/omelas.pdf

Singer's Pond Metaphor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EHnUsV1J2M

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