The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin: An Analogy for Antinatalism

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The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas is a work of short philosophical fiction by the sci-fi writer Ursula K. Le Guin, originally published in 1973 and then re-republished in The Wind’s Twelve Quarters (1975), a collection of Le Guin’s short stories. This particular short story (which you can read here) describes the utopian city of Omelas, whose idyllic nature depends on the continual imprisonment, torture, suffering, and dehumanisation of a single child. If the child were granted freedom and relief from its suffering, the prosperity of Omelas would wither away.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on June 15, 2020.

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