The Greco-Roman empire believed the whole of a population is generally correct, and democratic institutions should trust the majority to make decisions appropriate for society. However, a large number of people can still be wrong. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas illustrates tyranny of the majority quite well. Ursula Le Guin writes about a seemingly utopian society called Omelas in which all the citizens are extraordinarily happy. As the carefree people of Omelas are preparing to celebrate the Festival of Summer, Le Guin brings the reader to a dusty broom closet. In the tiny room sits a small child. Despite the waif’s pleas, the ten-year old is permanently locked in the room, malnourished. Le Guin writes, “If the child were brought up into the sunlight out of that vile place, if it were cleaned and fed and comforted...in that day and hour all the prosperity and beauty and delight of Omelas would wither and be destroyed” (10). Le Guin writes about how the majority of people allow the rights of a minority—in this case, the juvenile—to be forgotten. Leaving the child in squalid filth is obviously unacceptable, and the people of Omelas recognize this fact. However, the majority believe its happiness depends on the misery of the minority, and so allow the child to suffer. Le Guin fur...
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...’s protagonist as and a large group of savages. Simon’s brutal murder is a symbol that absolutely everyone is capable of committing atrocious acts.
A true democracy is defined by majority rule, popular sovereignty and rule of law. However, humans are naturally inconsiderate beings. For humans, majority rule leads to tyranny; popular sovereignty puts power in the hands of naturally cruel people; and rule of law cannot be applied because people will inevitably become corrupt. Society’s ideas of individuality are skewed toward a happy ending. In truth, individualists too much place value on the opinions of selfish, corrupt humans. Kindness and consideration is only a society-imposed trait. Eventually even society’s best conditioned people fall to their savage instincts. It is impossible to tame the savage beast within. Humans will never create a true democracy.
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