The people in this society thought that by protecting the citizens from making wrong choices (by having no choices), the community would be safe. But the utopian ideals went overboard, and people became controlled through social conditioning. The film stresses the point that people must not be blindly obedient to the rules of society. They must be aware of and must question everything about their lives. In Jonas’ community, the people passively accept all rules and customs. They never question the fact that they are killing certain babies simply because such babies are different, or that they are killing old people whom they determine are no longer productive to the community. As The Giver says of Jonas’ father’s killing the lighter-weight twin male, “It’s what he was told to do, and he knows nothing else.