Many of the Village citizens have accepted the situation of their imprisonment, whilst others have been brought to the Village of their own free will. And that does not account for those born to the village, and therefore know nothing else.
There are exceptions to any such rule, and they are No.6, No.48 a rebellious youth, No.12 who saw the Professor as a "crank," and carried out an act of sabotage in No.6's cottage. Also on the list are malcontents, Jammers, and Unmutuals. Life suddenly doesn't look so cosy in the Village, does it?
Yet there is both a good side to the Village as well as bad. Because the Village and its administration does look after you for as long as you live, and that reflects upon the welfare state in which we live. Although the welfare state does on occasion, struggle to look after all of our welfare needs. After all the hospital may be full of patients, but surely not all must be undergoing therapy, aversion therapy, leucotomies, and experimentation at the hands of No.40 and 22. Reason must determine that there are patients in the hospital who are there for what we are pleased to call "legitimate illnesses."
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