The Greatest Danger to Society
“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all” (Norman Vincent Peale). Throughout my life here on what is now called Manor Farm, I have been afraid. I have not been willing to take action against the corrupt and oppressive. My story has been captured and retold in the satirical novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. My life here on Manor Farm has always been the same, unchanging. First, Mr. Jones owned and fed us while also making us work for him. Then, the animals rebelled, and we owned ourselves. This is of course until the pigs were given too much responsibility in leading the farm that they took over. They became the new Mr. Jones. This, my friends, is where we live today; this is how we live today: under the rule of the pigs. As my days come to an end, this letter is my gift to the farm. I should have taken action when I could have to stop this dictatorship from happening. This is my vice. I knew what the pigs were doing, yet I did nothing. My experiences here on Manor Farm have lead me to know and believe that vice, not taking action when knowing the wrongs that are being committed, is far worse for a society than folly, blindly following a leader out of ones own stupidity.
Throughout my life, I had always been more intelligent and understanding than many of the other animals. I had always known what was happening on the farm. I had always “seemed to understand” what the pigs were plotting, but would always “say nothing” (Orwell 112). This is where I failed the farm. If only I would have spoken up and done something other than “saying nothing,” I could have enlightened some of the animals in order to stop the pigs. I could have shown the...
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