In the end those who choose to stay in Omelas are truly morally justified in keeping this child in it misery if it insures that everyone else lives happily. Without this child being locked in that room and having this awful, but beneficial reminder then life would be drastically different. This miserable child allows for everyone else to be happy. Those who choose to stay are faced with this awful paradox knowing there is nothing that could ever be changed. If anything were to be changed it could cost thousands of people their happiness.
Although the Puritans may have had good intentions, the main purpose of their acts was only to be rewarded with Heaven at the end of their lives. Like Humanists, Puritans worked diligently; however, they felt that they would not be rewarded by the wrathful God that if He “should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf, and your healthy constitution, and your own care and prudence, and best contrivance, and all your righteousness, would
I don’t have to look for acceptance I act the way I act because I want to no matter who is present, gaining acceptance will only make u weaker mentally and physically. When Lacie cursed at the people at the airport she did it because she wanted to at that moment she did not care about the outcome, and that scene made me realize that we should be free spirited. We will feel so much better if we don’t let others define what happiness is. John the Savage did not let anyone change him, people thought he was weird at first
Moreover, those points are just not persuasive enough for people to really believe in themselves. Even though we can act with virtue while knowing about it, we can still practice it to make the world a better place. We can act virtuously to lead by example for society so that others will try to be more virtuous also. What I mean by this is that we can try to make people better people that will make them happy. People being naturally conceded also is not persuasive because everyone has different personalities, meaning that nobody is truly the same.
It starts with him concluding that suffering must be the purpose of human life, because there is evidently too much of it in the world for this not to be the case. According to him, happiness is just the absence of pain, which is why our expectations of it are usually too high. And when we find a brief respite from pain, we are thrown into another state of suffering – boredom. Yet, Schopenhauer views misery as necessary, since if all our desires were instantly fulfilled, we would lose our sanity due to lack of purpose. This is why the philosopher believes that non-existence is preferable.
We end up simply content in our self righteousness that we know that something is wrong without caring enough to actually do something to lessen the problems we apparently care about. That’s what Sarah did initially, content to leave the matter in God’s hands until she realized God gave her two hands to help handle the matter herself (Kidd). She found barriers, yet she kept pushing forward to achieve equality for all (Kidd). She even realized when the people also fighting a similar cause were taking the wrong path in either the way they pursued their shared beliefs or how they dealt with her and her Nina (Kidd). That also seems to be a common problem in our day to day struggles.
“Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive” (57). In a Utopian society, everyone is happy. Ironically, utopian societies tend to be marketed as the perfect place, when really when the reality is they are dysfunctional. In The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, Ursula Le Guin suggests that a happy community needs individual sacrifices and conforming to this idea continues the sacrificing. Community members are pressured to conform and not question traditions, even when the traditions hurt an individual.
In life everything is in pairs, as well as good and evil. In every creature certainly has a good and bad side, the problem is just how we won one of the side. 2. The best thing in life is try to always be good Being good is not an easy thing, but being good is a choice. Actually, in this life we are born to be an agent of goodness.
This leads us to become ‘stuck in our ways’ and we are left to be stagnant, believing our ‘perfect’ lives are free from the need for improvement. However there is much to improve. A great example of this being through expression of language, specifically in writing. There is always more to write and elaborate on. The real problem is that we all think that we are great writers but that does not just limit to writers but people in general.
The people of Omelas are materialistically happy but are morally unhappy. The narrator implies that happiness is knowing the differences between what are needs, desires, and detriments to a person. Every person alive has basic needs which are deemed necessary, such as sustenance and shelter. All honest humans will admit that they have wants and desires that are not necessary, and many push the limits to attain them. And always there are those who are willing to allow the suffering of others to achieve their own desires.
Perfectionism is often viewed as a psychological flaw by people who have found themselves in the presence of it, despite its positive potential. In the short story “Pancakes” by Joan Bauer, a teenage girl named Jill is labeled a perfectionist by her mother and ex-boyfriend, both annoyed at her for being so, while she does not see a problem with said characteristic; in the short story “The Crummy First Draft” by Anne Lamott, the author advices her readers on how to write a perfect piece by going through a lengthy yet effective process. Aiming for the best should not be utterly categorized negatively nor positively as it can be a factor in achieving greatness and chaos simultaneously. Things are not always black and white, one has to think
“The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a criticism of human’s focus on perfection and the damage it can cause. Georgiana has a birthmark on her cheek that many believe to be one of the many sources of her beauty. But her husband, Aylmer, believes it to be a hideous imperfection. Aylmer, a scientist, believes that he has the cure for something as damaging as a birthmark. After much persistence, he receives permission to attempt to remove Georgiana’s birthmark and has to deal with its inevitable consequences.
Imagine a world in which everyone was pressured to be perfect; a world where those with imperfections are punished. That is exactly the world that exists in the book Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. The story follows Celestine, whose perfect life is forever changed by one decision to save another’s life. The title that the author chose is extremely appropriate for this story for many reasons. Flawed is the best title for this book because it represents the society at the time, it describes the main character, and it shows Celestine’s opinion about her life.
“The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Countless authors throughout history have used symbols in their stories to convey a meaning of the story. A symbol can represent multitude of things, such as a person's hopes and dreams. Nevertheless, Hawthorne uses the birthmark on Georgiana’s cheek as a symbol to represent the mortality of living things. .
We all have obsessions whether it is a hobby or sometimes a person. But sometimes our obsession over powers us, and causes us to act unusual. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, “The Birthmark,” Hawthorne introduces Aylmer, a man of science, who has an obsession over removing a birthmark on his wife, Georgiana’s, face. Aylmer is so concerned with removing the birthmark on Georgiana’s face that he becomes too caught up in his science and neglects the love for his wife. Aylmer doesn’t realize it but not only is the birthmark an imperfection, the birthmark is also keeping Georgiana alive.