Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

Living in Omelas October 4, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Politics,Sad :-(,Stuff,Unconscionable actions — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

The fictional Omelas was “a beautiful city that embodies everyone’s utopia, a magical place where everyone was joyful, a place where sorrow never touched the citizens or guests. But beneath that city lay a secret: all its joy and pleasure depended on the suffering and misery of a single lonely, abused child living in a filthy basement. If that child were saved, all of Omelas would fall, its beauty and perfection lost. The citizens of Omelas, when they reached a certain age, were taken below to view the child so that they might understand their civilization. Most rationalized the suffering, as was encouraged: the child was mentally defective anyway, it could never be happy now if taken out, it was incapable of appreciating the beauty of the world like others. Only a few could not bear the truth, but instead of removing the child and Omelas be damned, they walked away, leaving for parts unknown.”

Who are the “little ones” that we do not really care about in our society? You can be sure that they are weak, poor, unheard, and ignored.

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