So someone took The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas and turned it into a viable business model in The Sims:
Every time I play The Sims, I start my family with a “painting goblin”.
I make him/her morbidly obese with green skin. I make sure to give him the following traits:
- likes to be alone
- likes art
- hates the outdoors
The first thing I do once I have enough money is build a small room in the basement, send him down there, and then remove the stairs. I set him up in a tiny little area with only an easel, a toilet, a refrigerator, a bed, a shower, and a trash bin.
All he does all day is paint. That’s it. He paints and paints and paints and paints.
Eventually his paintings become very good and worth a lot of money. Every few minutes I go downstairs and sell whatever painting he has finished, and then I return to playing the game.
My family always ends up feeling blessed because of their fortune, and they never find out about the horrible secret living beneath their home.