Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Animal Farm I

Tenho de agradecer há M. (as coisas que aprendo com a minha filha) ter-me dado a conhecer uma das melhores pérolas literárias que li nos ultimos tempos, e que confesso desconhecia. Fica o registo de algumas das passagens que mais me tocaram. Qualquer semelhança com a realidade da Europa dos nossos dias, só pode ser pura coincidência...

"Comrades, he said, I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice that Comrade Napoleon has made in taking this extra labour upon himself. Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would only be too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be? Suppose you had decided to follow Snowball, with his moonshine of Windmills - Snowball, who, as we know, was no better than a criminal? 
He fought bravely at the Battle of the Cowshed, said somebody.
Bravery is not enough, said Squealer. Loyalty and  obedience are more important. And as to the Battle of the Cowshed, I believe the time will come when we shall find that Snowball's part in it was much exaggerated. Discipline, comrades, iron discipline! That is the watchword for today." 
George Orwell, Animal Farm - 1945