Utopia Without Consequences

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There is this idea in the minds of many: a shining utopia, where society can exist without consequences. There is no war, no crime, no suffering. The people of this city experience only happiness and joyousness. This description is not of any world that can or ever will exist; it is merely a fantasy, one that is described in the story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin. Society cannot exist without consequences, there must always be retribution. This splendid city could not exist in the way it does without the monstrous torturing of a single child. This child suffers for all of the city of Omelas; the idea in Omelas is that the suffering of one does not outweigh the comfort of many. The child in this story, mistreated by …show more content…
The city is opulent, the fine wines and restaurants that stand a hair above the rest. A shimmering paradise that just doesn’t seem real. While the valley is beautiful and comforting to those who live or visit there, they do not know what it takes for this economy to thrive and continue on. It runs of the backs of immigrant farmworkers, barely being paid a living wage. Like the dark and dank broom closet the child from Omelas must endure, the farm workers in Napa Valley cannot even afford housing, with many living in homeless encampments. They are living without the basic comforts that should be afforded to them as human beings. According to the movie Food Chains, less than 5/65 employees live in the valley. It is extremely difficult for workers who are making such a low wage per week to afford housing in an area where rent is exorbitant, especially in the harvesting season, where there are so many migrant workers looking for work and housing in the vineyards. According to the Napa Valley Register, the farm workers in Napa Valley still struggle to afford market rate …show more content…
Those who walk away from Omelas do not try to help the child, because they know that the entire city will meet its demise if they do so. So they leave, with it in their conscience that they are complicit in the suffering of that child. They each make their own decision to leave Omelas, when their grief or guilt becomes too much for them to handle. They have decided that they cannot morally be a part of a society that allows this and they remove themselves from the system. They continue on, passively opposing the treatment of the child but are not moved enough to bring down their entire society and free the child from its chains. It is said that there is no guilt in Omelas, and that is true. All of the guilt leaves Omelas when the citizens try to walk away.
The parallels between the fictional city of Omelas and reality end here. Although no one saves the child in the story, it is just that: a story. In reality, there are people and organizations that come to the rescue of the farm workers and fight for their

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