The Giver

Why is it "a disgrace" not to be able to complete your volunteer hours before the ceremony?

like in chapter 4, it said that there was a kid who didnt complete his volunteer hours and he couldnt get his assignment on time, it was a disgrace...why?

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This is a highly controlled society that demands conformity above all social structures. Completing volunteer work is really a validation that the Elders have made the right choice for a young person's life. It also shows a youth’s willingness to conform to prescribed rules.