The Ones Who Walk Away

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How long can any one person stay in an ecosystem that depends on the misery of even one person?


More editorials are written[1] lately using the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas'[2] where the well-being of the entire community of Omelas is conditioned on the suffering of just one child of its residents. One the surface everything seems to be wonderful, but one by one the citizens leave and no one needs to ask them why they leave. This story seems to embody the issues addressing the employees of the large social networks today that decide to ignore the suffering of the few for benefit of the employees and shareholder.


Everyone knows about the ethical crimes committed by the big guys like Facebook[3], but that big problem is the hordes of graduates from Computer Science schools like Stanford.


  1. Good Intentions, New Yorker (2021-10-25) p 20-21
  2. Ursula Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas in The Wind's Twelve Quarters: Stories (2004-01-01) ISBN 978-0060914349
  3. New York Times