A Just Society in “The Giver”
Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of himself. I believe Balance, tradition, and honesty are the most important factors for a just society. In class we have recently read The Giver, “The Lottery”, and “The Children’s Story”. This is what I think is highly important for a just society.
I think having a balance is highly important for a just society. In The Giver everything was chosen for you. I think that is a good choice because everyone makes mistakes but, you will never learn without mistakes. Mistakes are bad but the freedom to make choices for yourself is what everyone needs. In the giver no one had the choice to do what they want, choose who to marry, or even what life to live. In “The Children’s Story”, I think that we need to find the balance between sameness or equality and inequality. If there is one-hundred percent samness then no one will be able to improve or be smart. If everything was the same then nothing would be good or bad. If there is nothing good you dont lose anything but you also don’t win everything. Yes, sameness would be good for unfortainit people, but for the people that are the best they lose everything, money, choice, and even a life.
I also think tradition is really important for a just society. In the book “The Lottery”, there tradition was a lottery that killed you. There are other traditions like holidays such as Christmas or Easter. There tradition was whoever go called got pelted with rocks until they die for some form of population control. In the giver they had a tradition. You get your job picked for you and they only have one receiver and or giver of memory. There was no change and most importantly no choice. I know some people might say that tradition is a great thing. Sometimes, it is a great thing but sometimes it is horrible.
The third most important factor for a just society in my opinion is honesty. In a just society you need to be able to trust. In the story “A Children’s Story” by James Clavell, the new teacher lied to the kids with things like telling them there dads will come home. She also convinced them to cut up there flag, trust her, and through away the pole. Also, in Lois Lowry’s book the giver the government lied to them about emotion and took it away from them. The government also didn’t let them see things like color or individuality. Some times, Honesty hurt, the truth hurts, but sometimes the truth is all we need to make things clear.