google blogger on Sunday, February 27, 2011
One day a neighboring island decided to attack. The biggest cheese makers defended the island successfully, and were welcomed home as heros. Everyone loved them. Unfortunately the large cheese makers soon realized that they were very large and powerful. No one on their island, or neighboring islands, were more powerful than they. They created armor and helmets and weaponry, and they resolved to begin going door to door, demanding “protection money" to pay for their swords and shields. They asked that each home give them 20% of all the cheese they made each week, and suggested that if they refused, something bad might happen to them or the island. After all, large men need to eat, and they need an arsenal of spears to defend the poor helpless islanders.
And so it went. Each week the large men collected 20% of every islander’s cheese and traded it for weapons, wine, spices and exotic foods. They lived a lavish life, but were content in knowing that it was they, the sole defenders of the people, who deserved a life of luxury and wealth. The people, whom they protected as if helpless children, that must pay to support it.
One day the large men became bored with the weekly cheese collections, and hired a few of the islanders to do it for them. They paid the men with the cheese they collected from the rest of the island, but it wasn’t enough. Soon they demanded 30% of all the cheese in order to pay the collectors.
The collectors were paid well but had an idea. They decided to get together and threaten to quit their jobs as collection agents if the big men didn’t pay them more cheese. After all, they had families of their own. They also wanted to retire at a younger age, and continue to be paid during retirement. And they demanded wine and spices and many of the luxury goods that the big men enjoyed. The big men, feeling generous, simply instructed them to collect 40% of all the cheese, and with the extra money, were able to pay the collection agents handsomely.
From then on, many of the islanders applied to be part of the union of collectors, but it was a sad situation. New collectors were only allowed to join as old collectors retired, and the new positions were always given to friends and family, and never to the sick, or handicapped, or to any of the islanders who did not have blue eyes, like the original collectors.
The united collectors also traveled, and asked for support. They declared that if the people did not support them, they were supporting the big men, who had previously abused them with their big muscles and spears, and who were always taking their cheese and living in the huge huts on the hill, and playing with their weapons and spices and greedily keeping it all for themselves.
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