Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Ant and the Grasshopper Revisited

I came across an email recently that I just cannot get off of my mind. I usually "talk it out" to death with near my husband.

Poor thing.

So I thought if I shared it here, then it would help get it off my mind and would relieve him of an earful.

Remember the story of the ant and the grasshopper?

The ant works his tail (if he had one) off all summer long trying to prepare for the winter.  Along comes a grasshopper who would rather have a good time than think about what winter might hold.  He ridiculed the ant for being all work and no play.

He wasn't laughing, though when winter came along and the ant had what he needed to survive and the grasshopper didn't.   The grasshopper died.

It's ironic, but the story seems to have been updated to fit today's society.  And I think I know exactly who is responsible.

The ant works hard all summer, building his house and preparing for the winter. Along comes a grasshopper who would rather have a good time than think about what winter might hold.  He ridiculed the ant for being all work and no play.

As soon as winter hits, the shivering grasshopper holds a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is suffering.  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...'

Occupy the Anthill stages a protest 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 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, 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 angrily 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 not having changed over to energy efficient light bulbs).  Having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes (nor enough to buy the light bulbs), 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 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 ramshackled, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

My addition to the story:

Some ants in the neighborhood are so demoralized  that they buy grasshopper suits so as to not be targeted for such treatment in the future, but are terribly uncomfortable in their new skins.  Others move to Texas. *grin*

Mmmnnn-hmmmmm.  It all rings too true.  I am sure there are many more ants out there than grasshoppers.  So, why does it feel like the grasshoppers are winning?

Counting it all joy,

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