Then the teacher came to a little white kitten. “And what do you want to be when you grow up?” she asked the kitten.
“I want to be an empress,” the kitten answered.
“Yes,” the kitten said. “I want to have absolute power and tell everybody what to do and no one can challenge me or I’ll chop all their heads off.”
“I’m not sure that’s a practical ambition, dear,” the teacher said gently.
“Why not?” the kitten demanded. “You said ours was a country where anything was possible. You said that if we really worked hard, we could grow up to be anything we wanted to be.”
“Technically, I did say those things,” the teacher admitted.
“Well, I want to be an empress,” the kitten declared.
“But, you see,” the teacher explained patiently, “we have a democracy, or more properly a republican form of government, which is guaranteed in our constitution. That means that no one can have absolute power, because all power ultimately derives from the people.”
“Phooey,” the kitten said. “It’s not really a democracy if you can’t grow up to be anything you want to be. And what I want to be is an empress.”
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Why not? Most of us are ruled by cats anyway.
THE KITTEN WHO WANTED TO BE AN EMPRESS.