Society of Equals
In the “Animal Farm” fairy tale story, it told a story about a lot of interesting past and current events going on in society. But it was mostly related to the mid 1900s during the World War II. Although the story talked about different aspects of society in a “fantasy-like” way, it was all so realistic. The idea that George Orwell used animals on a farm to represent the government and its people was fascinating. It made the story come alive and made me want to read it. Did I mention that this was my first time ever reading this book? The aspect that was most attention-grabbing to me was the society of equals. This poses the questions; what does it mean to be equal, is it possible to build a society where all people are equal? It uses the United States Declaration of Independence “all men are created equal” and that they are endowed unalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Are people free to succeed or fail in life, business and other pursuits? Or should the government step in to guarantee equal outcomes?
First, what does it mean to be equal? Well foremost we must know what equality is. Equality is the condition of being equal, especially of having the same political, social and economic rights and duties. To be equal means everyone has the same rights, ability, or position. Which basically means no one person is greater than the next person. According to the story, the pig’s seven basic commandments mentions that all animals are equal, so all the animals had the same rights and they all performed the same duties on the farm. The pigs also considered the wild creatures, like rats, equal to them despite their way of living, because they felt all animals should protect each other as friends. Equality to them was meaningful and kept them together like one big happy family. But in today’s society it’s natural to think that people are treated unequally. It’s sad but true.
Second, is it possible to build a society where all people are equal? No, I do not think so. One reason is our allegiance to equality as a goal that has independent value is mistaken. The world is unequal and will likely be unequal. In reality, there’s too much history, unfairness and discrimination that passes through every single facet of our lives to pretend that, for example, equal receipt of the benefits of laws is the only thing that matters. In fact, if every person equally benefited from the laws, we would have severe and continued inequality. Another reason is because we have not accepted all people as being equal. Society has categorized each person’s importance based on their accomplishments and treats them accordingly. It exhibits this very statement in the story. The pigs have the right to decide the farm policies because they are more intelligent, even though all animals are supposedly equal. Also, in the story it say although all the animals are equal, the pigs take over the leadership with the very harvest. It is seen as natural because they know more and they should direct and supervise the others. On a social level all people are similarly unequal, simply because any society is based on a group of individual’s mindset that they are all abnormal from each other, therefore any social perception is by necessity going to provide inequality. Saying that, the animals are supposedly still equal, but in the story, the seating arrangements in the barn change to imitate chain of command. The pigs and dogs sat on the raised platform, with the other animals facing them in the main part of the barn. Napoleon, Squealer, and Minimus, the poet, sat at the very front of the platform, with the little dogs forming a semi-circle around them. To me, it seems that the word “equal” is starting change its meaning, it’s starting to sound like the government in today’s society.
My last reason is because narcissistic people think they are better than everyone else. In their mind they are right...
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