In reading and considering this powerful short story, we will hopefully come to the realization that it is unethical to purchase our own happiness at the expense of others. The people in Omelas know that the miserable child exists, and, though they may find his or her existence regrettable, they seem to feel that the means justify the ends: misery for one person is well worth the happiness of many thousands of others. It is the few people who leave Omelas, those who cannot allow another innocent person to suffer in order to buy their own contentment, from which we can learn. We all deserve an equal chance to be happy, even if that means we all must endure some sadness and some misery. It is clear that one cannot exist without the other. The idea that "into each life a little rain must fall" must guide us in our decisions about how to treat others.