George Orwell produced this deliberate distortion of which familiar Bible passage? (Answer below): Objective consideration of contemporary phenomena compels the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account.
For vegetarians: ‘Bring me milk and bring me bread. Bring me pine logs hither… ‘ For feminists: ‘To you in Rachel’s town is born, of Queen Bathsheba’s line… ‘ Frank McManus quotes these in CLARITY, Magazine of the (MENSA) Christian Forum, and adds his own revision of the harvest hymn: ‘We plough the fields and scatter / The good seed from our bag, / But it is fed by Fison’s / With the help of the Min. of Ag…
0, happy shall that trooper be
Who, riding on his naggie
Shall take thy wee bairns by the toes And ding them on the craggie.
(Also from CLARITY. Psalm 137,ix, in the Scottish metrical version).
Answer: Ecclesiastes 9,xi: ‘the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong… but time and chance happeneth to them all.’
from Ideological Commentary 57, August 1992.