Omelas in depth

The ones who walk away from Omelas, a short story of a utopia, by Ursula K. Le Guin.

In this story beautiful sights that captivate your eyes are given. Only four pages long this story starts out by telling us this place is real, inviting us to create it along with the author as she asks if this is what they do. If this is what we want in this paradise. We are told they’re naked without guilt, we are told they are celebrating then we are told the town’s secret.
In a room void of sunlight there is a child. No one knows the child’s name, age, gender, all the town knows is that it is suffering, and there is nothing they can do to change it. The child we are told remembers love, the sunlight, it’s mother, and it screams to be let out, until its small voice is so hoarse it can only make sounds. No one is allowed to even offer this child a kind word, because all of the town’s wonders would disappear within that day. The story goes on describing how when children are of age they are made aware of this child, and how people visit them in their fear and some cry, some are speechless but every once in a while, someone is so disgusted, and ashamed they think about it for days, and then they leave, leaving the city of Omelas giving this short story it’s name, The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.
In my interpretation of this story it pretends to every society and not just utopias. The child is those we place under, the minority that people do not look upon when the government makes decisions. Such as poor people, those who will gain more than they can give, and immigrants. They are suffering. The people of Omelas would effectively be those who benefit from the system. The majority. If you look at it like this it becomes easier to understand rather than a short story with flowery text from the 70’s. People who benefit from a system will rarely change the system, hence not even being able to offer a kind word to the child. This will destroy Omelas utopia, the will destroy the normal day for the majority.
Looking at this story we can relate it to now. Relate it to how our world is, our government and society and others. Though some do not want to offer the child a kind word, some do, whether they are in the same shoes of the child or whether they are benefiting from the child’s suffering. As the story puts it “the terms are strict and absolute: there may not even be a kind word spoken to the child” and everyone agrees no one steps up, no one does the right thing. Even those who walk away from the child’s suffering are not doing the right thing. They are so overwhelmed by guilt they just leave.
This is where we can get out of the book, out of her symbolism and look at it like real life. See the actual children in the cellar suffering. It is where we can be different than Omelas’s people. It is an individual choice. To offer a hand to the children, or to keep your Omelas.