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The parabel of the bicycle

04 January 2014, 09:19

Antje Krog wrote:

There was Tom and there was John. Tom lived opposite John. One day, Tom stole John’s bicycle and every day John saw Tom cycling to school on his bicycle. A year later, Tom walked up to John. He stretched out his hand. “Let’s reconcile and put the past behind us.” John looked at Tom’s hand. “And what about the bicycle?” “No,” said Tom, “I’m not talking about the bicycle. I’m talking about reconciliation.”

Except in this country it's more like... John's grandson goes to Andrew's grandson (who is minding his own business) and says, "Hey you're the same colour as Tom's grandaddy. You have a bicycle. Someone the same colour as you stole a bicycle from my grandaddy so you have to give me yours."

...which of course, means that John is batshit crazy...

Nevertheless he gets onto a soapbox and convinces all his friends that anyone who is the same colour as Tom's grandaddy is an evil criminal  ... especially if they happen to have a bicycle... because having a bicycle is proof that they are thieves.

To cement his popularity he tells them that they can have all the bicycles they want ... in fact, they should take them by force from anyone who happens to be the same colour as Tom's grandaddy.

And there you have it folks...the EFF

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