Le Guin, Ursula
Le Guin's beautiful, perceptive short story unfolds a moral conundrum as it reveals the stunning costs of a seemingly utopian town's comforts. If our comfort depends on the suffering of others, Le Guin asks, how should we feel about these comforts, and what should we do? Is the "greater good" worth the sacrifice? Is such sacrifice even practical? This fairy-tale-like story raises deep moral questions for every member of society, and demands that we, like the citizens in the story, break away from our blissful ignorance and pay close attention to the sources of our own comforts and freedoms. Who is the child who suffers in the story, and what is its relationship to those who walk away from Omelas?
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Reading - Short Enough to Read Aloud.
How do we remain loyal to our heritage and traditions?What is the impact of our actions - on ourselves and others?Can there be justice without equality?Is justice for all possible? Or will injustice always exist?What are the causes of injustice and inequality?What would you be willing to give up for equality? What would you not be willing to give up?What enables change? What gets in the way?
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