Chief Hopper teaches his kind not to underestimate small ants for they can unite into a mass group and defeat the grasshoppers. To Hopper, the core to control smaller species is to manipulate their mentality: continually frightening them, imprinting in their minds that they are powerless, keeping them away from the thought of uniting.
Old Major, a prize-winning boar, gathers the animals of the Manor Farm for a meeting in the big barn. He tells them of a dream he has had in which all animals live together with no human beings to oppress or control them.
Neo is confronted with a difficult choice that many people face in other contexts. He can choose ignorance and continue to live life as he knows it, blissfully unaware of the harsh, underlying realities. Or, he can choose the truth, and join the fight against oppression. Neo chooses truth, but it is worth considering whether there is a right or wrong choice.