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"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" - Ursula Le Guin

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is a short story written by Ursula Le Guin. The story won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1974.

Reading the story is required for participation in this meeting. Full text is available here:

I will not say much about the story, other than that it is a philosophical parable and that I hope its last sentence will mark the starting point of our discussion:

"But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas."


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  • MaryJane

    thought-provoking, as always. i can't help but wonder, goran, does your meetup picture mean that you are small in someone else's eye? if so, look down your nose at condescension!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Jan

    Sorry, but I have to back out too. I got some surprise lunch visitors. But I posted a thought on today's topic in the discussion section.

    March 10, 2013

  • Joan

    Unfortunately I have a schedule conflict.

    March 9, 2013

  • Jan

    Remember we are switching to daylight saving time on Sunday!

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly, I can't make it. It would be very fun to go but I'll be helping a friend recovering from a health procedure. Have a great time!

    March 6, 2013

  • Rod M.

    I'm not going to the Leguin talk (though she lives in Portland) but I am going to this meeting on Edward Wilson's latest ant rave:

    March 6, 2013

  • Richard M.

    My literature professor just assigned it to read, "Omelas" is Salem, O. spelled backwards.

    March 4, 2013

  • Margaret D.

    I may be packing that weekend, but I will hope to squeeze this in, because I especially enjoy the literature discussions!

    February 11, 2013

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