In a poor country far away there lived three groups of people. Dumplings, pudding heads and ruling them a small group of aristocrats. The dumplings and pudding heads did most of the work and the aristocrats did the brain work, but because their group was very small they mostly didn’t have enough brain to do the work. To solve this problem the King organised investment in education, and assuming as the aristocrats did that the dumplings and pudding heads were too stupid to take advantage of education, it was made available to everyone.
To the dismay of the ruling elite dumplings and pudding heads started to out-perform the aristos in the exams. The King realised there would be trouble ahead when the dumplings and pudding heads demanded to take their fair share of the aristos jobs. So he thought hard about the problem.
The dumplings and pudding heads both worshipped “The God of Love”. On this basis they each treated the alternative group with total contempt. Dumplings were honest, hard working and good neighbours, but pudding heads were dishonest, lazy and feckless, so the dumplings thought. Pudding heads were honest, hard working and good neighbours, but dumplings were dishonest, lazy and feckless, so the pudding heads thought. The fact of the matter was there were only enough jobs for half the population, and the aristos had first refusal on all the worthwhile ones, so the dumplings thought the pudding heads were getting all the jobs – and vice versa.
The King thought hard.
Then one night some dumplings launched a surprise attack on the pudding heads. They said it was because the pudding heads were getting all the jobs. In self defence the pudding heads fought back – they saw the attack as proving that the dumplings were dishonest, lazy and feckless.
The King and aristos sat back and watched the show. As the dumplings and pudding heads rioted, their businesses and houses burnt down and both sides lost what little wealth they had. And it confirmed their view that the other side was dishonest, lazy and feckless.
The aristos went back to their good jobs, undisturbed by the competition who were beating the f**k out of each other.
The King smiled. “Like I thought” he said to himself, “too stupid to benefit from education”.
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