A Cautionary Tale Revisited

25 Oct

I was thinking about the OWS protesters today, and trying to make sense of what has been doing on when this song from my favorite Canadian rock band popped into my head.

The Trees

There is unrest in the forest, There is trouble with the trees, For the maples want more sunlight and the oaks ignore their please. 

The trouble with the maples, (And they’re quite convinced they’re right) They say the oaks are just too lofty and they grab up all the light. But the oaks can’t help their feelings if they like the way they’re made. And they wonder why the maples can’t be happy in their shade. 

There is trouble in the forest, and the creatures all have fled, as the maples scream “Oppression!” and the oaks just shake their heads. 

So the maples formed a union and demanded equal rights. “The oaks are just too greedy; We will make them give us light.” Now there’s no more oak oppression, for they passed a noble law, and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe, and saw.

It’s amazing how well this song encapsulates the whole situation. Equal outcomes which is what OWS seems to want when you can finally pin them down never lifts people up. In fact, it almost always pulls everyone down. It’s as if these poor mis-guided folks have no knowledge of the former USSR and Eastern Europe or the current examples of Cuba and North Korea.

If you’ve never heard Rush perform the song, check out the YouTube clip after the jump

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Culture, Politics


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