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    “They would like to do something for the child. But there is nothing they can do.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin
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    The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
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    The Child
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    helpless
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    “When I was seven the days had more hours than I had use for and the distance between sun up and down again was a vast and lazy sprawl.”
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    “Mom frowned at me. ‘You’d be destroying what makes it special’ she said, ‘It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty’.”
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    “They sat and they thought (all owls think a lot)- ‘I think we should all sit on my branch,’ said Sarah. And they did, all three together.”
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    ″‘Tell Gordon we have to talk.’ ‘Sure thing, Bats. But how’s he sposed to get in touch with--oh, yeah! Now I remember...‘”
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    ″[Visualize] the ideal lifestyle you dream of . . . Think in concrete terms so that you can vividly picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space . . . try looking in interior decorating magazines...”
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    ″(And I Tiresias have foresuffered all Enacted on this same divan or bed; I who have sat by Thebes below the wall And walked among the lowest of the dead.)”
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    There are cancers so insidious in their nature that their very pulsation is invisible. Such cancers leave the ivory whiteness of the skin untouched, and marble not the firm, fair flesh, with their blue tints; the physician who bends over the patient’s chest hears not, through he listens, the insatiable teeth of the disease grinding its onward progress through the muscles, as the blood flows freely on; the knife has never been able to destroy, and rarely even, temporarily, to discern the rage of these mortal scourges; their home is in the mind, which they corrupt; they fill the whole heart until it breaks. Such, madame, are the cancers, fatal to queens; are you, too, free from their scourge?
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    “She dreamed of a state involving very little in the way of individual consciousness.”
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    “Your heart will fix itself. It’s your mind you need to worry about. Your mind where you locked the memories, your mind where you have kept pieces of the ones that hurt you, that still cut through you like shards of glass. ”

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