What advantages might "sameness" have for a community? Is this loss of diversity worthwhile?The Giver pictures a community in which every person and his or her experience is precisely the same. ...

What advantages might "sameness" have for a community? Is this loss of diversity worthwhile?

The Giver pictures a community in which every person and his or her experience is precisely the same.  The climate is controlled, and competition has been eliminated in favor of a community in which everyone works only for the common good. What advantages might "sameness" have for a community?  Is this loss of diversity worthwhile? Explain.

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Gated Communities do not necessarily have the sameness of thought and action that is suggested here. Their sameness derives mostly from appearances, like lawns and houses built and maintained to certain standards, and general similarity in wealth and status.

However, in the U.S. there are many closed communities that are much more insular. Consider Fred Phelps's Westboro Baptist Church, an incredibly racist and hateful congregation that lives in a walled enclosure. Interviews with members and their actions outside the congregation show their uniform indoctrination.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The benefit is that there is no homelessness, unemployment or hunger.  The people don't have exactly the same experiences, there is some individuality.  The danger comes from the lengths they will go- such as killing newborn babies and elderly people.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The community in The Giver reminds me of some of the gated communities that thrive throughout the United States. I would never live in one myself, since many of the rules are far too restrictive for anyone with an independent nature. However, other people look for just such a structured lifestyle, where the houses, lawns, activities and people are similar. Some people want to live and interact with others like themselves in a highly-structured manner, and both the community in The Giver and gated communities provide this. Unfortunately, unlike gated communities, which are only an option (a person can always move), Jonas's community allows a person no way out.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There's way less conflict and uncertainty in a community with sameness.  Think about your own life and how many problems can be caused by conflict with others and by stress about things that are uncertain.  In a community with sameness, none of this exists.  This would be a major advantage to people.  The tradeoff, of course, is human feelings and emotions.  So, which would you rather have--a stable life with no stress or the ability to be who you want to be and to have feelings?

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yagmurbaydar | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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we can say it has advantages because if you are same you don't have to worry. we see it in this novel. they don't have to worry because their job and house is ready. all they should is obey the rule. however, it's important to be diffirent because in our community we don't have such opportunities and we should create for ourselves.

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