“Donkeys live a long time,” says Benjamin (a donkey) in George Orwell’s novel The Animal Farm. Donkeys live a long time because they don’t question, they just carry the burden. They cannot question. They have been made impotent. Made impotent by the system. The system run by pigs. That’s what George Orwell’s novel shows.
I am celebrating the 66th year of the publication of The Animal Farm through this post. Why 66th year? Because I am a donkey, if you like. Because I like the number 6, if you like.
I attended a meeting today. That’s the real reason. “Let’s not speak anything against the management,” said a member occupying the seat nearest to the boss (which he vacated when somebody closer to the boss arrived and kept standing since there was no more seat left for him).
In Orwell’s Animal Farm the animals rebel against their human proprietor so that they could have a welfare society. WELFARE. Welfare for all, not just a few who are close to the boss. In the novel only the pigs are close to the boss. The pigs change all the rules which were made in the beginning when the Farm was taken over from the enemy, man. For example, the rule “No animal shall sleep in bed” is changed into “No animal shall sleep in bed with sheets.” “No animal shall kill another animal” becomes “No animal shall kill another animal without reason.”
Napoleon the pig gets the air-conditioned office and the other animals get rules about the limits of the electricity generator.
Finally Napoleon the pig gets all the bonuses and allowances, and the other animals are told to wait until the balance sheet of the accounts dances to the tunes played by Napoleon.
Finally locks appear everywhere in the Animal Farm. LOCKS. That’s what the animals (except the pigs) get in the WELFARE CLUB.
Moral: “Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, or put your jewels before pigs, for fear that they will be crushed under foot by the pigs whose attack will then be made against you.” [Mathew 7:6]