In the Giver, what does Jonas say happens if everything's the same?

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After he begins his tutelage with the Giver, Jonas reflects upon his society's sameness:

If everything's the same, then there aren't any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things! A blue tunic, or a red one? (97)

The problem with the attempts to form a perfect society by eliminating dangerous factors is that positive elements are removed along with the negative. By creating a safe environment, safe climate, safe emotions, safe families, safe jobs, and safe thinking, those who strive for utopia dehumanize their citizens. "To err is human" and to feel pain is certainly appropriate to the discussion of any society that wishes to form a utopia, for it is simply impossible to make things perfect for imperfect beings. Without doubt, eliminating aspects of free will deprives people of the opportunity to be truly happy. No one can experience happiness of any depth without having also known sorrow or hardship since sorrow and pain are the the darker shades of the soul that allow people to perceive the rich color of reds, golds, and greens of passion, love, and happiness.  

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