In Chapter 13, Jonas laments about the fact that there are no choices because everything is the same in his community. When Jonas asks the Giver why it is necessary that everything is the same, he elaborates on the importance of Sameness throughout the community. The Giver tells Jonas that if citizens were given the freedom of choice and had opportunities to decide things for themselves, they would possibly make the wrong choices. The Giver then explains to Jonas that it would not be considered safe to allow individuals to make their own choices. In Jonas's community, conformity and safety are of the utmost importance in order to sustain a stable, comfortable environment. The concept of Sameness prevents citizens from making their own choices in order to protect them from possibly making bad decisions. Essentially, the community sacrifices individual freedoms to ensure safety and conformity.