"Acquired Rights" or The Garden of Fools

One bright spring morning a garden flourished gloriously and everybody wanted flowers. John said "I deserve 10" and the gardener gave him 10 flowers. "I want to take 11" said Peter, and 11 were handed over to him. "I demand 12" protested Manuel, and he got 12. "I want 13" shouted Joseph, and he received his 13 flowers. A lot of people called out their demands and got what they asked for. In the end there was only one somewhat wilted flower left that was given to a mute person with no name. And the gardener was acclaimed for his generosity.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

But the following spring the garden produced much fewer flowers, in spite of this, John tried to take his 10, Peter his 11, Manuel his 12 and Joseph his 13 flowers. "That is what corresponds to us," they shouted. "It is our right" they claimed. And they hired a lawyer who filed a lawsuit to force the gardener to deliver what belonged to them by "acquired right". And the judge, who was Manuel, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.

The first to go crazy was the gardener, who did not have enough flowers to comply with the court ruling. After that all of the others began to wander around crying "acquired rights!" roaming through the garden punching each other in the scramble for the few available flowers.

The nameless mute sat to one side and with empty hands, stared uncomprehendingly.

By Jorge Cobas González, Director and founder of CentralAmericaData.COM.

Inspired by this article: "Cartels in Costa have to be Dismantled" (In Spanish)

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