Why do people walk away from Omelas in the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"?   

People walk away from Omelas in "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" because they witness the torture that one child faces that is said to make the utopian way of life that is enjoyed in the town possible. They do not believe that the imposed suffering of one, especially one that is innocent, is acceptable in ensuring happiness for the majority of others.

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To their undying shame, the vast majority of people in Omelas seem to have no problem with the fact that the happiness and stability of their society are dependent on the abuse of an innocent child. Omelas is only the utopia that it is because a child has been locked away in a basement, where he or she—the precise gender is never determined—is routinely starved, beaten, and abused. So long as the child remains in this wretched condition, then the people of Omelas will continue to enjoy a blissful, happy life. This is the deal to which most people have signed up.

Astonishing as it may seem, the majority of Omela's citizens are more than happy to remain in the city, even though they know full well that such happiness is founded on the misery of a child. And yet a minority of people appear to have developed a conscience. Clearly, they've come to the realization that they cannot fully enjoy life in the city so long as they know that their happiness is conditional on the most appalling...

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