I can’t stop being amazed at how old books, very often books for children, might trigger mental associations connected with contemporary events, sometimes pivotal events.
When reading about what’s going on on the Edge of Europe now, I suddenly remembered R. Kipling. This is just my mental association, nothing more.
“”Listen, man-cub,” said the Bear, and his voice rumbled like thunder on a hot night. “I have taught thee all the Law of the Jungle for all the peoples of the jungle—except the Monkey-Folk who live in the trees. They have no law. They are outcasts. They have no speech of their own, but use the stolen words which they overhear when they listen, and peep, and wait up above in the branches. Their way is not our way. They are without leaders. They have no remembrance. They boast and chatter and pretend that they are a great people about to do great affairs in the jungle, but the falling of a nut turns their minds to laughter and all is forgotten. We of the jungle have no dealings with them. We do not drink where the monkeys drink; we do not go where the monkeys go; we do not hunt where they hunt; we do not die where they die. Hast thou ever heard me speak of the Bandar-log till today?”
Kaa’s hunting from The Jungle Book
I consider all people to be basically the same, they are equal when they are born.
But they are born in different surroundings and the social matrix begins to form their characters from the very beginning.
Some people choose to act as tiny parts in the social mechanism without even trying to understand what’s going on around them.
Some people begin to think; some of them begin to act.
I remember I liked reading Kipling’s books and watching cartoons based on his stories.
And I thought that notwithstanding all this progress in technology, human nature hasn’t changed much and symbolism plays a big part in our life.
In ancient world the serpent represented duality.
The pendulum always swings back; that’s the only reason why our “partners” on both sides of the Atlantic are so excited now……