I’ve had mixed feelings about Comic Relief since the arms trade scandal in 2013, and it makes me wonder where that story went. It’s all a bit Orwellian.
In Animal Farm, the animals start a revolution, emancipating themselves from human domination, but by the end become just like humans.
The Comic Relief scandal was like that, but instead of animals, piles of cash.
Here’s the plot:
Evil piles of cash create inequality and suffering in the world.
Good pile of cash is assembled to fight injustices created by evil piles of cash.
Good pile of cash ends up being just like evil piles of cash.
I think the moral of the story is that we need to keep assembling giant piles of cash, and then maybe one day, one of them will end up being nice.
Or maybe the moral of the story is if you enfranchise enough potential critics, memories fade.
Makes me think of the Milan Kundera line:
“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”