“Can we PLEASE get back to talking about Orwell’s Animal Farm now?” Sprite demanded. “I’m still worried about it.”
“I can’t see why she should be worried about it” stated Intellectual Dabrowski. “I made her read several study guides about the book. She understands the plot and the characters and the historical allegories.
If she is worried about it, I blame Imaginational!
He must have told her to imagine what it would be like to live in the story.”
The Memory Elephant had produced the mind map showing our blog posts about the discussions of the book and Wistful Black Dog was sitting nearby ready to comment about the failings of the past. The Pair O’Noids were tutting over the newspaper which had upset Sprite. Boxer and Clover and the chickens seemed to have moved in as residents of Sprite’s Site. And Psycho Motor Dabrowski was bouncing up and down barking distractingly that I must remember to write posts for upcoming Blog Hops.
“So, what is worrying you about Animal Farm?” I asked.
“Well,” said Sprite “I was wondering whether the individual citizens of a country are guilty of all the bad things that the leaders of their country do. As far as I can see the people vote for the person they want to represent them. So they are all responsible for putting people into a leadership position.
But children are not permitted to vote – so are children responsible for what leaders do?
And also, people choose who they want to vote for by comparing the promises the candidates make. But then, I read in the paper that politicians don’t always keep the promises they make. So people who voted for them are not getting the type of leaders they wanted. So are they still responsible for the bad things these leaders do?
And, if you don’t like what the leaders do, what can you do about it?”
“Knock, knock!” interrupted Psycho Motor
“Who’s there?” I asked dutifully
“It’s Interrupting Dog – just ignore him!” said Intellectual.
“Interrupting Dog Who?” asked Sprite.
“Oh, for Heaven’s sake, ignore him, Sprite!” growled Intellectual. “You have to stop distracting her, Psycho Motor!”
“Actually I am Interrupting Dog calling attention to the fact that Jo needs to write her post about ‘Gifted – How?’ for the Hoagies September Blog hop by tomorrow.
“Thank you, Psycho Motor! Sorry everyone I have to go now” I said, thinking to myself that at least I was gaining a bit of thinking time to consider issues relating to politics and personal responsibility.