Why did the Giver's world eliminate snow, hills, and “the rest of it”?

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Jonas's austere community is structured according to the concept of Sameness, which prevents citizens from making independent decisions or experiencing the natural world as was intended for humanity. Instead, Jonas's government has altered the environment, and controls the climate, in order to make society completely comfortable, safe, and efficient. Formidable and unfavorable weather like snow has been completely eliminated in order to ensure a successful harvest and prevent the community from experiencing a food shortage. Hills and rough terrain have also been eliminated to make transportation easier and more efficient. Overall, the community's government has altered the environment and the climate in order to ensure that their economy and society are efficient, safe, and comfortable. Despite the advantages of Sameness, citizens in Jonas's world do not get to experience fulfilling lives and enjoy the spontaneity of being human.

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We learn about this when Jonas meets the Giver for the first time and receives his first memory, that of sliding down a snowy hillside on a sled. The Giver explains that the community gave up snow and hills and "the rest of it" when they went to sameness. 

The lack of hills and different types of weather means that life is a lot easier simply because it is more predictable and manageable. Transportation and agriculture are both more efficient as a result. 

Just as we see the community adopting sameness in their clothing, their routines, and their rules, we now also see that they have applied sameness to the environment around them. This all but guarantees their routines will never have to change. 

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