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After reading this as a kid and bonding with a pig I never ate pork afterwards.  I think pigs are a lot smarter than your average Trump follower.  This video disturbed the hell out of me this evening.

Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945.[1][2] The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed, and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon.

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Character Developing Books

Books I am probably going to force my children to read if they don’t read them in school. In no particular order, whenever they are ready. 📚

1. Romeo and Juliet - Love and Youth 🥀

2. The Odyssey - Value of Witts

3. To Kill A Mocking Bird - Societal Norms and Inequalities

4. The Hunger Games - Hope and Rebellion 🔥

5. Lord of the Flies - Human Nature 🏝

6. Catcher in the Rye - Identity

7. Into the Wild - Purpose in Life 🚌

8. Of Mice and Men - Ignorance 🐇

9. Animal Farm - History 🐖

10. Frankenstein - Perspective

11. The Grapes of Wrath - Great Depression

12. The Diary of a Young Girl - Growing Up

13. The Giver - Questions Ethics 👁

14. Antigone - Deceit and Hubris 🎭

15. 13 Reasons Why - Depression

These are also good books to read if you are still young and developing. [imo]

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My history teacher is having us read Animal Farm and write 3-sentence summaries for each chapter.

I don’t know how she thinks this is going to help us understand it better. I mean, what 3-sentence summary can match the raw power of “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others?”

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Long ago there lived on Animal Farm a boar named Know-it-all. One day on his death-bed he told his dream to all the animals.

The boar named Know it all said: ‘Humans have been using us for their selfishness. We have to rebel and become a super power.’

There after he closed his eyes.

A boar named capitalism engaged all the animals and conducted a coup to throw the humans out.

At last they cried in Unison: ‘we are free; we are free;’

Another boar named Myth said to all the animals: ‘since we gave you the idea of throwing out the humans, we are taking power over Animal Nation. Amongst all the produce in the farm, half of it will go to us since we are rulers. We are creating a society where there will be equal opportunities for all and where everyone can have the dream of climbing the ladder of success.’

Chuckles the stallion replied: ‘This idea is interesting. I am loyal to the animal nation and I will work hard to bring it to success.’

Flip and Flop the hens grumbled and said: ‘your theory is so unjust and it generates inequality’.

Immediately Muscles the German shepherd pounced on them and gobbled them up.

The Sheep named Anglo-Saxon said: ‘are you entering into a treaty with neighboring nations called BREX.’?

The boar named capitalism said: we have to secure our interests and animal nation will not have its affiliation with anyone else’.

Then Chuckles the stallion asked: ‘What if the humans attack us out of spite?’

The boar named Capitalism said: ‘we have to make an arsenal of nukes. It’s up to you to do it.’

The Jackal named Crook said: ‘I have mastered the art of destabilizing nations with the art of biological warfare. I have unleashed a virus named Corona which will cause death and disease all over the world.

The Boar Named Capitalism said: ‘I must applaud you for it. Our revolution is spreading to neighboring farms like wildfire. Yes we hear: down with communism and up with capitalism.’

Peanut the hen delivered babies and Marigold the hen started laying eggs.

The boar named Capitalism and Myth took a larger percent of all that the farm produced.

Chuckles the stallion said: ‘The society that has been created is an unjust one’.

All day long chuckles worked in the farm. He used to plough the fields and harvest the corn. When the harvesting was done, a large portion of the grain was taken over greedily by the boars Capitalism and Myth.

A prophet Raven named Solidarity visited the farm and said: ‘we could create a just society where there social justice and economic equality. Why do we have to make capitalism so abominable?’

The boar named Myth took a gun and shot the prophet Raven since he was doing espionage and subverting the ideology of Animal Nation.

The Boar named Capitalism spoke to all the animals and birds in the farm: ‘we are adherents of a capitalist society where individuals are rewarded for the quality of their work. We autocrats will get a major share and others a stifling minor share. Any mutiny by you folks will be severely put down.’

As time passed by, the humans rose up in revolt and sent an ICBMS Intercontinental Ballistic Missile to Animal Nation. The Animal Nation recharged and sent a missile Cruise to smash the missile launched by the humans.

As time passed by, Chuckles became and sickly and could hardly walk.

The boars named Capitalism and Myth ordered a vehicle for Chuckles to be taken to the hospital.

Little did the animals know that Chuckles was taken to the butchery.

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#2020 quarantine challenge

Week 5, Tuesday

What is your favourite book?

To be fair, I don’t read books for pleasure anymore. My university requires reading loads of research articles, so I usually spend hours on that anyways. I read 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell for English class in high school. I really enjoyed reading those. The underlying ideas were really interesting. For Dutch class, I’ve read some literature too, very enjoyable but I don’t remember the titles, and they probably don’t exist in English anyways, as the original publication is in Dutch.

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