A story told of Stalin when he first took over in Russia. It states that he stood before his generals giving a speech while holding a live chicken by the neck as he spoke. During his speech, he plucked the live chicken until it was devoid of all feathers. As his speech came to an end, he dropped the chicken to the ground. As the chicken hit the floor, it hobbled to Stalin’s foot and leaned against him, when Stalin boomed: “This is how you control people”.
How much truth is in the story? Google it, but be careful there. The internet is full of false information. You could do it the old fashioned way and actually go to the library and look it up in a book! That would be unique. Why not? Get up right now, go to the library and be a person of action. Look up the information from a documented reliable source. Whoops. Wait a minute. History books, reliable? It kind of depends on the author’s intent, doesn’t it? OK. Look it up in at least three sources! You are up and running.
Librarians are trained to do research, so you go to the top for answers! That will insure you get the right answers. You find the librarian more than helpful. An hour later you have found your answer in a dozen books. All the stories differ to a certain degree but the basics of the story match. One of them states that Stalin stood in the freezing cold of Moscow speaking to the people, bluntly telling them that if you take from the people every method they have to take care of themselves, when you offer them a scrap, they welcome the scrap warmly. The chicken? It was freezing and snuggled inside of Stalin’s coat, the chicken’s ability to take care of itself, gone.
Truth bends rapidly each time a ‘truth’ is given.
Some truth stays truth, even with the story bends.
By the way, do you still have your feathers? I have a dollar coat to sell you for $350.