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Old 10-05-2011, 09:30 PM
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Has anyone read this? It's a story about a dystopian future, but a very unique one, and definitely a warning. I think it's very interesting, an example of why people should accept differences and not enforce homogenity.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:50 PM
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I remember reading this way back in a high school English class. Very interesting concept. I always enjoy reading dystopian stories. (Well, maybe "enjoy" isn't the right word...)

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Old 10-05-2011, 11:27 PM
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I just read that about a week ago in my humanities class for college. We were studying the hero archetype.

I really don't feel that it is a warning against oppressive governments (despite being in a dystopia) but rather a warning against equality (something the US "has problems with"). So yes, I'd agree with you on that.
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I reread it recently. It was one of those stories that stuck in my mind as a kid. It's clearly a warning against then-popular trends to put everyone on a level playing field and not to upset any schoolkids by evaluating them as less capable than others. It's tempting to get worked up about its prediction of a future where more able people are artificially handicapped to drag them down to the lowest common denominator, but I can't think of any examples of this happening to any degree that would cause concern. There is a huge movement to not evaluate students at all negatively, but that's not the same as handicapping the better ones. Well, not directly.
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Yes, it might be mistaken for a slippery-slope fallacy, but I can see a difference, it's simply expansion to logical conclusion, not "this WILL happen if X happens". Another great (and arguably more plausible) story with a similar basis is Incompetence.

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It is a murder mystery and political thriller set in a near-future federal Europe where no-one can be "prejudiced from employment for reason of age, race, creed or incompitence [sic]". Consequently, much of the population demonstrates an extreme lack of competence in their occupations.
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