Animal Farm: Part 2 – Napoleon

There is no stopping such a web of deceit once it started. The pigs had become a privileged class; from there, the slide to corruption was swift. They slept in the grand house that the humans had left behind and drank forbidden alcohol, appearing drunk in broad daylight. Puffed up with pride and self-conceit at their own superiority, the pigs made the other animals do all the hard work, physically demanding work.

By rights, respect should be due to a leader because he or she has worked harder than anyone else. It is not one’s position, but one’s actions which are worthy of respect. However, the pigs thought, “We are special. Therefore, we should be respected and allowed to do whatever we want.”

Next, the pigs revised the basic commandment of Animalism without consulting the other animals. To the commandment, “All animals are equal,” the pigs secretly add: “But some animals are more equal than others.”

They change the rules ever so slightly to their own advantage. This is an old trick of those in authority. Unless you have a clear understanding of this harsh fact, you will be deceived. Such minor changes have a way of escalating to a tragic conclusion. When that happens, it is too late. It is crucial to ruthlessly nip evil in the bud before it has a chance to take hold.

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The pigs made a number of other secret revisions to the farm’s commandments. “No animals shall drink alcohol” became “No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.” “No animals shall sleep in a bed.” became “No animals shall sleep in a bed with sheets“. “No animal shall kill any other animal,” became “No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.” Thus, only pigs drank alcohol, slept in comfortable beds and killed animals in the name of punishment.

History shows that when a privileged class emerges, power struggle inevitably ensue. If, as in the organisation, their position involved true responsibility and hard work, it is unlikely that anyone would be willing to become a leader!

Not surprisingly, then, the pigs quarrel and fight among themselves for power. One boar – who happens to be called Napoleon of all things – ousts his rival and seizes absolute power. Anyway, Napoleon will brook no criticism. Those who defy his orders meet with cruel punishment and expulsion. Eventually, even harbouring doubt about his methods becomes a crime of the utmost insolence.

What had begun with the objective of ‘happiness for all’ and with leaders who would champion that cause, had somewhere along the line degenerated into a situation where the leaders’ power and authority had become the sole objective.

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