Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"The Fatherland."

Horacio Quiroga. Pp. 133-141.

Summary: A beast fable. The animals of the forest were free and unencumbered until the drones suggested that they found a fatherland. At once they set up barriers and boundaries to mark their fatherland. But the animals, that had been happy before setting up the fatherland were now unhappy. They were no longer free. Along came a soldier who had been fighting for his fatherland to tell them why they were unhappy. They were no longer free. Reason and logic created prisons and they therefore lost their freedom. The soldier died, but the animals remembered his message. Live free or die.

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