In The Giver, what did Jonas learn about the community's rule about lying?
When Jonas receives his list of rules and learns that he can lie, he reacts with fear and revulsion. He does not want to be able to lie, and the thought of lying is unsettling. He realizes that the community’s rules against lying are ironic, because everything that everyone says and does is recorded. It is impossible to lie about anything other than feelings, so the rules against lying are really just another way of controlling feelings. Jonas continues that if he has permission to lie, others might too. The rule against lying is completely unenforceable.
Sameness requires that no one has strong feelings about anything. This is why the community has a ritual for describing...
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