In The Giver, how does Jonas feel about eliminating true happiness and pleasure to also eliminate both physical and emotional pain in the community?To make the pains away, they need to make...

In The Giver, how does Jonas feel about eliminating true happiness and pleasure to also eliminate both physical and emotional pain in the community?

To make the pains away, they need to make happiness and pleasure go away. How does Jonas feel about this?

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Clearly, Jonas does does not like this idea at all.  This is why he runs away from the community.

As Jonas goes along in the process of receiving memories from the Giver, he realizes that the people of his community have lost something very important.  He realizes that people in the community have no pain, but he does not think this is worth the cost.  He feels very unhappy about the idea that the others can never experience the things that he has experienced.

Because of this, Jonas decides to destroy the community by running away.  He knows that this will set free all his memories and the other people will start to feel all the things he has felt.

If Jonas liked the idea of eliminating true pleasure so as to eliminate pain, he would not have run away.

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