Friday, April 04, 2008

Ungrateful Servants


The proles are in a sour mood. They seem to no longer appreciate the fact that they're working for the greatest franchise in the world.

An article in the New York Times this morning revealed that "81 percent of respondents" participating in a Times/CBS News poll "said they believed 'things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,' up from 69 percent a year ago and 35 percent in early 2002."

This is the most negative response that question has ever received since this poll began asking it in the early nineties.

Apparently the laboring classes are completely ignorant of how great things are. They don't seem to realize that in spite of its recent problems, the American economy is "fundamentally sound" (according to our "commander in chief," as he likes to style himself) and that the "surge" in Iraq has been successful, and we're now winning over there.

Ungrateful servants is what they are. The proprietary classes have had to deal with ungrateful servants since the beginning of time. These are people who simply don't appreciate the fact that they've got a roof over their heads, food to eat, and strong, high walls to shelter them from the storm. Instead they keep complaining about being made to work harder, only to see themselves sinking deeper into debt.

The worst of it is, this attitude of ingratitude is not limited to just our own crop of domestic domestics. Ordinary people in foreign lands we have helped also seem unaccountably resentful concerning the assistance we have given them. President Bush has noted that Iraqis seem particularly ungrateful to us, in spite of all the hard work it took on our part to start a war in their country, transforming it from a modern, educated, productive society into a smoking, stinking ruin.

However, I need to inform the proprietors of this household that the ingratitude of their servants and other dependents is the least of their worries. Unbeknownst to them, a couple of the servants, who have trained themselves to be fully literate and capable of critical thinking, despite the wishes of their superiors (who have only their best interests in mind), have recently stumbled upon some obscure documents which are sure to be the cause of serious trouble if what's in them should ever get out. These reveal that the servants are actually the lawful owners of the estate, and that the current set of proprietors have swindled them out of their property.

As of this writing, a group of servants is planning to rise up out of their basement quarters, wrest possession of the household from its current ruling occupants, and put them out of doors.

2 comments:

Joe said...

Civilization is having a hard time progressing beyond the glorified feudal system known as the class system.

Dave B, a.k.a. catboxer said...

According to George Orwell, it never will. I hope he's wrong, but suspect he's right.

See "1984"