The author emphasizes the importance of being an abled person in the society in Gathering Blue by showing that they outcast people who are disabled in any way. When they are outcast, they are taken to a place called the fields, where they believe they will be killed by beasts. This story about the beasts is used to instill fear in people and enforce them to do productive work to showcase their abilities for the society. The ways the society instills this fear and uses it to manipulate people is another indication of how important the Council of Elders think that physical ability and productivity are: so essential that they must force it into being. Similarly, the council values creativity and demonstrates the importance of it by imprisoning people with creative talents and forcing them to perform.