‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’

Living ‘the good life’, in a negative way,

At the expense of ‘the child in the closet’.  It is in the closet, sitting in it’s own excrement.

Is this story a Utopia or Dystopia?

Are we living an idealized life that is keeping the world in the closet?

Is this a contract between the few and the many?  Our own western civilization and the world?

Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

Learn to Judge not , abandon not,

Stay in this Utopia and try to find love and support for ‘it’, the child…

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The Art Of Dialogue

  1. If someone does not know, is heading in the wrong direction, you may point out the right direction, then walk away.
  2. Don’t be tedious with speech.  Be considerate with what you say and do.
  3. Never turn dialogue into argument or introduce anger or meanness, tolerate mistakes and walk away from a fight.
  4. Stop quarrels with diplomacy.
  5. Take care of yourself and others to avoid or recover from errors of judgement.  This is a singular distinction made by those people who make good philosophers.  Don’t tell them what to do, show them through the Socratic  Method or a means that will not cause a bunch to your nose!

If, So and Maybe (a tribute to “If” by Rudyard Kipling): Part 6 of 7

If, famous friends come around, don’t drop other family and friends to be in the lime light.

So, people will be people:  loving, hateful, spontaneous and compulsive, compassionate and indifferent

Maybe, love the community but not every person you meet.

If, So and Maybe (a tribute to “If” by Rudyard Kipling): Part 4 Of 7

If, the truth is being sold to the highest bidder, let it go till you are ready to use it in a decent manner.

So, debt consolidation is tempting, try a term loan when you are ready to use credit in a functional way.

Maybe, risk when it is a way to thrive, rather than survive.