Cultureantgrasshopper

Tue Jan 27, 2015, 10:23 PM

The Ant and the Grasshopper

The ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

This one is a little different…
Two Different Versions…
Two Different Morals

OLD VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:
Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green…’

ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake, while he damns the ants.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire nation collapses, bringing the rest of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
When the ethic and value of hard work and personal responsibility are removed from society, the result is not a good one.

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Reply The Ant and the Grasshopper (Original post)
smoke check Jan 2015 OP
City Kitty Jan 2015 #1
MrSlayer666 Jan 2015 #4
Big Kahunna Jan 2015 #5
Strange Luck Jan 2015 #7
magdrop Jan 2015 #6
JacoBukowski Jan 2015 #2
Grebbid Jan 2015 #3

Response to smoke check (Original post)

Tue Jan 27, 2015, 11:12 PM

1. The Version for the Current Day

The ant and his colony had been living on and working since time immemorial. The grasshopper is an heir: his grandfather got a deal on the property from the beetles that he donated to for their political campaign. Several times during the season, the grasshopper came along and took nearly everything that the ants created because he said that he owned the whole area and everything on it. If the ants didn't give him most everything, he would shove them off the cliff into the river.

Then the grasshopper went to the other grasshoppers and told them how lazy they all the ants were and how they should be grateful to have a job working for him. He sent another donation to the beetles who rewarded him by making laws to further impoverish the ants and give more of what they created to the grasshopper. The crickets broadcast all day and all night supporting all the grasshopper's claims and praised his generosity.

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Response to City Kitty (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 01:52 AM

4. Nicely done.

And sadly true.

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Response to City Kitty (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 10:07 AM

5. Why are so many against personal responsability and a good work ethic and the success of others?

Seems so many think if you are successful you must have taken advantage of someone to get there.

It couldn't possibly be because you worked hard and took on the extra work needed to get ahead.

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Response to Big Kahunna (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 29, 2015, 12:17 AM

7. People aren't against that

What is lacking from the stories is that people can and do work hard but get nothing for it.

Back in the old days working hard was different - You could kill your own food, make a basic shelter, live off the land, grow and trade things. There were less people, more resources, etc.

Now? In a city the few own most of the land, you have to buy things to survive, try living in a shack you make on the land and your kids are taken from you and you are considered a bum. You have to buy a car to get most places (which means insurance, gas, car care, etc).

It's no so simple as buying one item (food) for winter. Throw in medication and health care.

What happens if you are out of work, lose your home, etc - can you walk outside and pitch a tent in the woods? Nope, you can't camp without a permit/money and you can usually stay only two weeks. And even then getting to such a place would be tough.

We have the means to help others. That we chose not to and that we campaign against it is just stupid. Society has a plethora of rules - more now that fewer own and control more. You make crap wages when the cost of living is high and you can barely save for that 'winter'. Then you get people who say 'just move'.

Society is complex now - your hard work could get you a good job. You get a house (shelter) and car to get to the job, and a year later the company decides it needs to decrease costs 10 cents per widget to make a few pennies more per stock and out you go - and you lose what you had, credit is toast, etc.

This isn't some 1700's fantasy land we live in where we all have guns and the government basically gives you land to live on to survive.

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Response to City Kitty (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 09:43 PM

6. Bravo!

(Brava?!)

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Response to smoke check (Original post)

Tue Jan 27, 2015, 11:19 PM

2. Glurge

I've got a crazy aunt who forwards this kind of shit to everyone in her address book.

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Response to smoke check (Original post)

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 01:08 AM

3. Even newer version

The ant and the grasshopper acquired mobile devices and jumped headfirst into social media and neither got anything done and they both ended up broke, living in the beetles garage.

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