Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Seven Commandments

As a part of our 12th class syllabus, we read The Animal Farm by George Orwell. I really loved the book, specially the Seven Commandments. These were a list of seven rules or laws that were supposed to keep order and ensure elementary animalism within the Animal Farm. The Seven Commandments were designed to unite the animals together in a common cause against the humans and to prevent animals from following the humans' evil habits:

  • Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  • Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  • No animal shall wear clothes.
  • No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  • No animal shall drink alcohol.
  • No animal shall kill any other animal.
  • All animals are equal.
Later as corruption engulfed the animal farm, some commandments got modified to suit the time.
  • No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets
  • No animal shall drink alcohol to excess
  • No animal shall kill any other animal without cause

Finally, the commandments merged into one - "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Truly, it reflects the current state of our society. How rules get manipulated to suit the law makers' needs and convenience !!!

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