According to the narrator of "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," "Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive."
What that means is that we find happiness not by being naive--not by going "tra la la, everything is wonderful, let me play my pipe and join the parade"-- but by making a wise judgment about what we truly need, what we simply enjoy that isn't totally necessary, and what is bad and not at all needed.
The implication seems to be that if we can make these judgments and live our lives according to them, then we are happy. Necessity and an understanding of it,...
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