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The Lion and The Dragon

The Lion and the Dragon

A FICTIONAL tale about Economics and Politics

Published by Rogerio Paiva Cietto at Shakespir

Copyright 2017 Rogerio Paiva Cietto

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The Lion and the Dragon

A FICTIONAL tale about Economics and Politics

Hidden between a mountain belt and an endless sea, there was a very prosperous country called Utopia. It was a country full of natural richnesses, so rich that all important natural resources could be found easily, from north to south. There was clean water for everyone, even for those in less favourable regions, and areas for growing crops and animal harvesting. Its population was happy and prone to work, they had pleasure in changing the environment to improve the quality of life and well being of the citizens.

Utopia was an enormous nation, with savannas, forests and cities so large that only falcons could see where they ended. Its population had a unique culture, cuisine, architecture and accent, but they were very united; during difficult times they organized huge gatherings of elders, and everybody spoke. A lot, really much. They spoke until the trouble is gone or the Utopians are so tired of speaking and they start to ignore the issue.

What is the secret of Utopians’ happiness? Since they have deep knowledge of magic and mystical powers, their basic needs were easily provided with a simple hand gesture. With a touch they produced light, in different colors, anywhere. With another touch they made clean water to flow, and this water could be hot in cold days, and cold during the warm season. Their houses modified the temperature and air humidity, transforming summer into winter, and the opposite too. Fire was stored in a number of ways, in woods or in rocks, and it didn’t extinguish. With the help of a screen, their eyes and ears could reach any place and any person; it was possible to see and be seen, listen and be listened, faster than the deafening lights that come from the sky. Food of all kinds and taste, clothes, wagons, places to sit, to lie down, cures of ilnesses, elders’ teachings, metal slaves that did manual tasks, and even noisy fire arrows, all those things came up with a hand gesture and a small table with numbers. Eventually other Utopians let themselves be enslaved to receive a little of that magical power, which they called PURCHASING POWER.

When the Utopian civilization did their first steps, everyone had the same proportion of purchasing power, as soon as they reached a specific lifetime. However, after a while some Utopians started to study the origin of this magical power, in order to obtain more. After several generations, inexplicably some families had more purchasing power than entire populations. Where all that power came from, they asked. And so began the first fights between the Utopians.

Since everything was possible with this magical power, all Utopians fought to obtain more and more of this purchasing power. Some fought among themselves, and eventually some groups united to try to take the magical power of others by force or deceit. It’s strange, because in the search for happiness through the magical purchasing power, Utopians suffered a lot, died or became ill. In general terms, however, who had this magical purchasing power could be protected from threats with light and fire barriers, trained animals and those noisy fire arrows.

Where did this Utopian magical purchasing power come from? The source of purchasing power came from within each Utopian, who produced them naturally, doing their routine activities. Without any doubt this was a watershed among them, some Utopians accumulated a lot of purchasing power rapidly, when others had more difficulty. The origin of the purchasing power called INCOME.

Realizing the need of preparation to obtain more magical income, the elders of Utopia organized preparation rituals to Utopians, specially the younger ones. From childhood until they had built body, the Utopians went, year after year, through these rituals. Many were prepared until they were twenty and some years old, and many left the ritual early, even knowing that they would had less income, and their purchasing power would be more limited.

And so the Utopians lived, happy with their magical purchasing power and ther magical income sources, as if they were in a dream were everything was possible. When some Utopians felt some sort of emptiness in their bodies, a void in the chest, a sensation similarly as they were aliens in their homeland, and they became unhappy, even being plenty of income, then they went on long trips and returned full of objects, telling stories and showing screens from the places they have been and the others they have met.

Apparently nothing could threaten the Utopians’ happiness, even the less fortunate that had the minimum to live well. Until…

None of the light and fire barriers could detect the two fantastic creatures that little by litthe made Utopia their home. The Utopians put no resistance, because they believed the creatures were harmless (they were afraid the fire arrows would be useless against them) or because they were unable to defeat them (they were sure the fire arrows wouldn’t make a scratch in them). The two creatures were a dragon and a lion.

The dragon was fast and sly, and it ate purchasing power. Without realizing it, the Utopians did the magical gesture with the letter and numbers board, and nothing came out of it, or it wasn’t enough for what they wanted. This way the Utopians needed to use more purchasing power to obtain the same amount of food, clothes, fire, water and other basic needs, or to use simple things. The dragon was named INFLATION.

The lion, on the other hand, was slow, heavy and noisy. When it arrived in a place the Utopians needed to stop everything they were doing, so afraid they were from the lion’s bite, which tore off their income. Frequently the lion blocked the Utopians’ passageway, demanding an amount of income for them to go through. Other times it bited their houses and wagons, or the water, fire and light, or also the food and clothes created with purchasing power, and the Utopians need to restore that bite using more income, because the purchasing power was worn out. The lion was named TAXATION.

Since the lion was slow and noisy, many Utopians were able to escape the lions’ bite. When it realized that, the lion started to enslave some Utopians and use them to find who was hiding their income. Anyhow, the bite was stronger against those with low income, who didn’t know how to hide it because they used it all in purchasing power. Therefore the difference of income among the Utopians became larger and larger, and many high income citizens let themselves be enslaved by the lion, to avoid their bites. The slaves of the lion had many names, it’s better not to write any of them in order not to shock children with such harsh words.

The lion and the dragon had something in common: they were unquenchable, every day their hunger increased more, for the despair of Utopians.

That was the cross Utopians carried for many centuries. On one hand, their purchasing power was burned and consumed by the dragon. On the other hand, their income suffered countless bites from the lion. Many Utopians were outraged with the situation, specially those with more magical income, but they didn’t know what to do, a frontal confrontation with the dragon or the lion was surely death. Until…

Two Utopian swallows decided to put an end on the oppression suffered by the population in Utopia. The elders hadn’t believed in their ideas, and both were subject to jokes among the oldest. How two little birds could defeat a dragon and a lion, and attacking them at the same time? Even worse, attacking without magical weapons? Who did these swallows think they were?

One of the swallows came from an important family in Utopia, great producers of income and plenty of accumulated purchasing power. But her origins didn’t hide the simplicity of her heart. During one of the rituals, when they were talking about the impact of the dragon on Utopians’ life, she asked the elder: “What does it happen if we stop using the purchasing power and we produce ourselves our things, foods, clothing, water, light and fire?”. The elder smiled. “We would have to take it directly from nature, and that demands a lot of time and effort. Only a few are capable of doing it. The purchasing power does that work for us”.

Then came the revolutionary idea: “Let’s simplify things, taking everything we need from nature, but without destroying it. Because the more we use the purchasing power, the more we strenghten the dragon. If we stop using it, or use only the minimum necessary, the dragon won’t have what to eat anymore, and it will go away”. Widespread laughter followed by the elder’s mockery: ‘And what are you going to do, my child, get your nourishment by sweating on your face? What a madness!” “How are you going to do it all by yourself, producing light and fire, planting and building? Not even ten metal slaves could do it for you”. The swallow stopped talking about that subject after their parents were aware of it and censured her, but the idea remained intact in her heart. The name of the swallow was SUSTAINABILITY.

From a humble family, our second swallow lived in a simple house with her parents. Because they had little income, they made good use of their purchasing power, and used many things considered waste and thrown away. They used old pieces of wood to do make fire manually in a metal and clay stove, and prepared their own food from vegetables and raw meat. They used a small wagon and another two-wheel wagon, moved with the strenght of the lower paws.

One day their parents went to a gathering of elders, and since their siblings were in the rituals and she couldn’t stay alone, they took the child with them. At the gathering they were discussing about ways to improve the income of less fortunate Utopians, that needed to leave the rituals too early. “These Utopians need to get back to doing rituals, to retrieve what they lost”, “Negative, they need to be spared from the lions’ bite”, “We cannot discuss with the lion, he doesn’t care about us”, “The adult Utopians cannot stop what they are doing to go to rituals, their children will be unattended”.

And then the swallow reminded of the elders’ words that guided her ritual last year. He spoke of an elder from tens of centuries ago, that became light for the peoples. It came to her mind all the moments of adversity, the things they needed, but their purchasing power wasn’t enough. The swallow took some courage and repeated the words she learned: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s”. Everybody stopped to look to her, and she continued: “We shoudn’t be afraid of the lion, it is possible to avoid its bites. The problem are the Utopians enslaved by the lion, that accumulate income and also help the lion to take other people’s income, the less fortunate”.

The oldest elder, astonished by the child’s dare, asked jokingly: “Really, child? So, what do you expect people to do?” And then came the revolutionary idea: “We don’t need more and more income, the Utopians can gather in small groups and help each other, changing what excedent they have for services, or making their routine activities for people who change it for something. Therefore nobody will depend on income, and the lion will bite only those who have a lot of accumulated income, leaving the less fortunate in peace”.

The crowd of elders remained silent for a few seconds. Almost nobody looked at her, because her words were considered too ofensive, and even more because they came from a child. Disregard the income, the magical source of Utopian power. The looks expressing hate have fixed on her father and specially on her mother. They took the girl and went to the door when a beardless elder spoke close to her father’s ears: “Why did you teach those things to her? Are you crazy?” They left without saying a word, fearing to be phisically molested. Where did that swallow learn that? The words of the elder who brought light to the world weren’t taught anymore in any ritual, they were considered too out-of-date. Nobody spoke again about this subject, but the swallow couldn’t forget, those words from the elder burned like ember in her heart. The name of the swallow was SOLIDARITY.

One day the two swallows met. Sustainability was leaving her ritual and going home when two eagles started pushing and threatening her. Both were violent, at home and also in their rituals, and they cared only about themselves. It’s weird they were together. One of the eagles, called ANARCHY, broke other people’s things, stained the cottage’s walls and became outraged with any kind of counsel or advice from the elders. Her companion, called DICTATORSHIP, was very organized. She accepted only the rules favourable to her, and used her purchasing power to avoid her responsabilities.

In common the two eagles had the violence and arrogance, they always thought themselves better than other Utopians. Frequently Anarchy disputed with Dictatorship who would do the highest or the longest flight, and they never reached an agreement.

When Anarchy and Dictatorship were about to hurt Sustainability, Solidarity saw it and intervened: “Who do you think you are, hurting and threatening somebody smaller than you? You cowards”. Both eagles were about to ram into Solidarity, but she was prepared. She already knew both troublemakers, and had called a giant eagle, who held the two assailants and took them inside the ritual’s temple, for them to listen to the lenghty speech about respecting differences and equality of rights. The giant eagle was named DEMOCRACY.

The two swallows became friends, and started to talk a lot, to go to each other’s home, to help each other at the rituals. Certainly their ideas brought hapiness to one another, but also some fear. How to obtain basic needs directly from nature? How to live without depending on income? They were beginning to understand that the dragon and the lion, realizing what they were up to, would destroy their plans.

Slowly the two created a common plan, associating taking directly from nature their needs and living in organized groups, always based on the family nucleus, in order to help each other, providing the remnants of their work. Firstly it was necessary to overcome prejudice, getting the nourishment through the sweat on the face was an absurd idea to the Utopians, specially those with high income. Then it was time to use the available technologies and knowledge to make the work easier, saving time and improving results, besides safety. Without applied technology and knowlegde the life of those who work for their own sustenance is extenuating and risky.

Studying the details of construction and working of their homes, they realized it was not the purchasing power that made everything they needed, but other Utopians who worked só that products and services were there to be consumed. The light and fire (called energy) and water went through a long way, and many worked for that to happen. Food, clothes, tools, everything was made by somebody, and became available to be exchanged by purchasing power. Utopian workers were the real magicians, that make an animal become meat, vegetables become soup or salad, cotton become clothes, metal become forks and wagons. The purchasing power was not so magic after all.

During their vacation both of them got together an built a sustainable shack, made of wood and recycled plastics, melted to become assembling blocks. The roof was similar to a mole nest, to facilitate the hot air to come out. The upper floor had a lot of grass and space for medicinal plants and edible plants, but protected from direct sunlight. On the roof they got water from the rain, and kept it for all necessary needs.

Energy was produced by sunheat, that heated the water through pipes installed on the roof, and the vapour was directed to rotate the wheel of electric motors. The graywater goes to a container for fermentation. The putrid gases was burned with the garbage, and the solid became fertilizer for the plants. The liquid went to a boiler, to become steam and turn another motor. All the waste was also burned to evaporate the graywater, and the ashes were used as fertilizer.

The two realized it is possible to obtain many essential needs (water, energy, shelter and food), directly from nature, aided by technology. The purchasing power is still important, but by living in such houses it would be possible to live with little, and not be in trouble when the purchasing power was over.

However, a family alone cannot build a house like that, and even if they could they would have a hard time in living only with what is produced there, there is too much work, and other products can be produced only in factories, like the metal slaves, medicine and wagons.

They talked to their brothers and parents about that, and decided it was faster and cheaper to gather small farms and ranchs, and some organized families working on them. They also realized that someone of the family (who has more income) needs to keep working in order to get purchasing power, to be used for other products and also in difficult times.

Depending on how the families organized themselves, they would help each other, and exchange their surplus products for other products or for purchasing power. But there was a setback: the lack of trust among the families and also differences on the worktime. Studying several animal societies, they realized that many animals living in communities, from fish to dolphins to ants and bees, were very organized and united. What made these animals get together for the common good?

Talking to them, the two swallows understood that the greatest common factor among them was simple: they all believed that there was a Creator, that made them and gave them some talents and responsibilities in the world. Therefore everyone worked to please the Creator, because they assumed their condition of creatures, servants of this Lord that sees everything, knows everything and in which everyone can trust. They called him God, and did not disobey their Commandments because they feared what could happen if the Creator found out, but they were sure their mistakes could be forgiven by Him if they showed repent in their hearts.

The swallows started to study well ancient history; after all, in order to understand the words of the Creator it was necessary to know them well, and do a coherent and uniform interpretation, that didn’t create inequalities and abuses. Since it wasn’t possible for any creature to understand all the Creator’s wisdom, He sent to the world his Son, the elder that, among many names, was known as the Light of the World, in order to be able to explain the love of God for their creatures. That love was clear when the Son was crucified by a few elders, and his power and union with the Father were obvious when the Son resurrected and sent to the peoples the Spirit of God, showing that they are One, in a perfect union.

The divine wisdom revealed to the world, from the begining until the present day, was kept by their disciples, leaded by the elder called Stone for his obstination, and helped by their Mother, called Mother of God, who was nominated by her Son as Protector and Mother of all peoples. That was the key for the success of any family or community, and they decided to obey those almost forgotten tradition and rules.

So the union and the charity came up naturally, and they followed the orders of the elder, to give Ceasar what is Ceasar’s (the lion’s bite), but to give God what is God’s (charity, love to one another, with abnegation and altruism). They organized a small community, and managed several activities, planting on their property and working to buy purchasing power.

Certainly this community created by Sustainability and Solidarity would call the attention of the magic beings that dominated Utopia, but they decided to wait for them to come and attack them. First it was the Dragon, that realized his bites brought little purchasing power, because they used little of it. The Inflation could not obtain purchasing power from that community, and he couldn’t let other Utopians to follow their way of life.

Then, the Dragon of Inflation sent a vulture, his slave, to force those Utopians to use more purchasing power. The vulture tried to show the advantages of obtaining everything with purchasing power, he explained that Utopians would be happy only if they didn’t get their nourishment by sweating their faces, that things were easier with purchasing power, and that lifestyle was returning in time, that everything was possible with purchasing power. The name of the vulture was CAPITALISM.

The communty’s answer was strong: “we are happier now, we don’t depend on purchasing power, we depend on each other, and believing in God made us more united and stronger”. The vulture of capitalism gave up, and although the dragon of inflation still did some bites on the community’s purchasing power, nobody suffered with that. It was even an advantage, when some of them saved too much purchasing power they soon used it onto something. The dragon had to learn how to live with little.

The lion of taxation saw the growing of the community and decided to act. He tried by all means to bite the community’s income, but there wasn’t much. The shacks and other products were made without slave labor, one helped the other. The work between them was paid with work, not with purchasing power, or it was work on their own land, which didn’t affect the income. Only those who worked for purchasing power took some bites, but it was too little. The lion of taxation needed more, or he won’t be able even to maintain their army of slaves.

The lion of taxation decided to send one of their own, a coyote, to scare the community. The coyote howled a lot about the protection the lion provided, in exchange of biting the income. They were protected against thiefs, floods, pests, sicknesses, terrorism. If they didn’t give up, the lion would wage a war against them, take all their lands, shacks and wagons. Under the lion’s command, they would be free and could be whatever they wanted, because the lion would provide them everything. The name of the coyote was SOCIALISM.

The community answered: “We are not afraid of the lion, we fear only God, Creator of the world. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Our destiny is in His Hands”. The lion tried to organize an army of slaves to attack and destroy the community, but the slaves refused. The ideas of the elder light of the world sprought like fire, and almost all Utopians started to fear and to respect God, their Creator. And the lion of taxation had to accept a lot lighter bite on the Utopian’s income.

Utopia now was another country, a lot better. The Utopians understood their dependance on nature, they started respecting it a lot more, and technologies slowly were improved, so they could dominate natural resources without destroying or wasting them. The teachings of the elder light of the world were taught early on the first years of rituals, creating in everyone a deep feeling of harmony and mutual help.

The lion and the dragon still lived in Utopia, it was impossible to destroy them. But they became well behaved when the Utopians decided to call the giant eagle of Democracy to rule over Utopia. Fearful to God and charitable to each other, the Utopians finally found happiness.

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The Lion and The Dragon

Hidden between a mountain belt and an endless sea, there was a very prosperous country called Utopia. It was a country full of natural richnesses, so rich that all important natural resources could be found easily, from north to south. There was clean water for everyone, even for those in less favourable regions, and areas for growing crops and animal harvesting. Its population was happy and prone to work, they had pleasure in changing the environment to improve the quality of life and well being of the citizens.

  • ISBN: 9781370916375
  • Author: Rogerio Cietto
  • Published: 2017-08-29 22:35:10
  • Words: 4212
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