Are You An Ant Or A Grasshopper

August 22, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin

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The Ant and the Grasshopper – Aesop’s version and a modified version.

The question is, are you an Ant or a Grasshopper?

 

The Ant and the Grasshopper

(Aesop’s version)

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”

“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”

“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.

Then the Grasshopper knew…

It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

 

 

The Ant and the Grasshopper

(Modified version)

During a warm late summer evening, a Grasshopper was partying about, drinking and dancing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, toiling with extra ordinary supplies of food and goods it was taking to its home.

“Why not drop what you’re doing and come party with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of wasting your time dragging all those supplies to your home?”

“I am preparing for the troubles ahead,” said the Ant, “and I think you should do the same before it’s too late.”

“Why bother about all that?” said the Grasshopper; I have plenty of food until the next time I go grocery shopping.” But the Ant kept going and continued its preparations.

When the SHTF, the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants banding together with plenty of food from the preparations they had taken.

Then the Grasshopper knew…

It is best to prepare for SHTF.

 

 
Today’s modern world has enabled swarms of Grasshoppers.

Question: The Grasshopper is watching the Ant(s), and knows the Ants are prepared. Because the Grasshopper has not prepared, will some of the Grasshoppers take from the Ants when they get hungry? Maybe the Ant should be more careful not to let the Grasshopper see…