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A Fable about Debate

This long-overdue convention met for redress of the situation between a Dominant Society and its Worker Underclass.

The opening back and forth brought out that the Governing Group traditionally has characterized 'working people' to be "charming weeds with pretty flowers that danced and sang and, frankly, bred excessively".

Such was reason enough for the Dominant Group's leaders to deny their subservients all privileges but a vague right to peripheral survival: "What have they provided to forward our noble culture?" was the basic argument of these Bosses.

Presented this question, confused representatives of the Worker Underclass could only reply "Not much, Sir!"

So instead, they whined to their Masters, "You have lost your humanity by not recognizing us! To our prevailing detriment and misery you insist on maintaining your selfish philosophies!"

To which the smug Rulers responded at length: "Good example of your empathy, you are correct of course. Still, consider how we Masters suffer of religion, and greed, and designer drug abuse, and sexual dysfunction. This plainly suggests that benighted as you are, you serve as Conscience of our Great Society, as Measure of our reach for soulfulness. Thus in the long run, being psychologically fitter for after-life heavens, you have evidenced your contribution and should now feel tremendously better off!"

Not much later, the bemused (though mollified) work-gangs returned from the convention feeling grateful for not having been docked wages each day absent from their designated duties.

Moral: A sop for supper sometimes suffices.