Fierce modesty

Too many of us seek validation rather than truth, greater confirmation rather than greater knowledge.” – quote from an essay on George Orwell’s fierce modesty. I love the concept.

https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/george-orwells-fierce-modesty

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Animal Farm

At the insistence of my friend, I started to read Animal Farm a few weeks ago.  It’s actually a much quicker read than I had thought.  I’m about 75% through but the story-line seems to be familiar.  I am not very motivated to finish it.  Though the story can be said to be a generalized story of totalitarian take-over, it mostly reminds me of the story of Mao Zedong.  The character Napoleon and his actions are almost identical to Mao.  George Orwell’s use of animals perfectly captures the fact that all humans are not born equal.  The diversity of our skills and ability are as diverse as the different animals.  Some are quicker in intellect like the pigs, some are better built for hard manual labor like the cattle.  Some are wise and cynical like the donkey and some are pacified by the sweet comforts of materialistic life like one of the horses.  Some form of power and domination is only natural.  Therefore, it is important to built institutions that protect everyone’s interests.  A stable balance or equilibrium is necessary for the wellbeing and productivity of society at-large.