This poem first appeared in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There. Though it appears to be delightful nonsense verse for children, adults can find deeper meaning in it. The poem tells of a friendly Walrus and taciturn Carpenter who kindly invite some young Oysters to join them for a walk on the beach. Gradually it becomes clear, however, that the Oysters have been invited for dinner--and that they are the main course! Readers will have great fun suggesting who these characters might represent in civil society. For instance, the Walrus says to the doomed Oysters: "I weep for you, I deeply sympathize" while secretly planning to eat "Those of the largest size." Who are the Walruses in our own society, shedding crocodile tears while taking advantage of unsuspecting followers?
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Through the Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There, Lewis Carroll (Dover, 1999)
Reading - Short Enough to Read Aloud.
How do we know the impact of our actions?What is the impact of our actions - on ourselves and others?What is justice? How do we recognize it?What do we expect from the people we lead? What do we expect from our own leaders?What is my responsibility to the people I lead?How does a person or community gain power or privilege?What is power? How does it work?What is the status quo?