Written by walter

Thursday, 24 December 2009


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Dominance seems to be an innate or instinctive animal behavior, reflecting the relative importance of the members of a group. It is well illustrated in birds who engage in a quarrel as they meet first. The winner of a series of quarrels, then, becomes dominant over the loser. In the hierarchy of the animal kingdom, those who can establish dominance will have the privilege of eating, mating and sheltering first.

Paradoxically, dominance, or rather pecking order, reduces fighting within the group because the subordinates accept the dominance of the winner as a right; therefore, the subordinates rarely attack the dominant animals. In other words, they rarely revolts against the system. Additionally, this achievement makes resorting to violence, on the part of the subordinates, redundant. Interestingly, in case of scarcity of food, the most dominant animal will not overeat or horde. Theoretically, they properly share their resources. Wonder if Karl Marx had borrowed his ideas from the birds and Adam Smith from the ants!

As to Homo sapiens, studies reveal that humans have other needs beside the Biological Needs, i.e. needs for oxygen, food, water, and a relatively constant body temperature, reproduction, sex, and shelter. These other Needs are: Safety Needs, Needs of Love, Affection and Belongingness, Needs for Esteem and Needs for Self-Actualization.

A simple comparison between a man and an animal shows how similar these two behave when basic needs are concerned. Besides, in many nations of the world, the basic Needs stop short of proper shelter, let alone fulfillment of higher Needs. In other words, the gap between humans and animal is so narrow or nonexistent. Moreover, we may safely conclude that democracy pivots on reasonable fulfillment of basic needs.

Since the rich have dominance over the underprivileged, they also have access to beautiful women. In stories about kings we find a benevolent ruler who used to disguise as dervishes at nights to find for himself what the feelings of his subjects were.

Once he visited a shoe repairman, of course, anonymously. The visitor, or rather the king, asked the repairman how he felt about the king. The man replied:
• I have no problem with the king, but I do envy him for having so many topnotch women in his court. I wish I could sleep with one of them.

Next day, the king's men came to the repairman's shop, handcuffed him, took him to the court and threw him on the floor before the fully dressed King. When the man opened his eyes, he was terrified to find the dervish of the night before dressed as the King.

Now, the king, addressing repairman, told him to pick one colored egg out of a basket placed on the floor and eat it. The man grabbed one and hurriedly swallowed it. The King ordered him to pick another egg of different color and patiently taste it. The man who seemed to feel safer followed the King's order. The repairman tasted all colored eggs including a plain one. Now, the King ordered him to tell the King which tasted differently.

The man replied, "Your Majesty, they all tasted the same." Now, the King said, "Women all taste the same. The only difference is their clothing and cosmetics. Go home, and sleep with your wife, but in the back of your mind visualize a woman you saw in the street!"

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