The Ant and the Grasshopper Fable That So Few People Seem To Grasp

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

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 and his buddies were laughing and partying to their heart’s content on the front porch.

As they cracked open another beer, several Ants passed by, toiling under the strain of carrying supplies and food on their way home.

“Why not drop what you’re doing and come party with us?” asked the Grasshopper. “You’re wasting your time dragging all those supplies to your home. Lets have some fun!” “WooHoooo!”

“No thanks, we’re preparing for the possibility of food and supply shortages that might happen, given todays uncertain world” said one Ant. “I think you should do the same before it’s too late.”

“Why bother about all that?” replied the Grasshopper, snickering under its breath. The other grasshoppers laughed in a ridiculing manner. “I have plenty of food until the next time I go grocery shopping.” But the Ant kept going and continued its preparations, along with the other Ants.

One day, a series of events lead to a great shortage and scarcity of many supplies and food. Grocery store shelves were largely empty. The Grasshopper and its buddies found themselves 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 uncertain times and shortages, because you never know if and when it might happen. But it was too late.

Today’s modern world has enabled swarms of Partying 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 try to take from the Ants when they get hungry? Maybe the Ant should be more careful not to let the Grasshopper see!

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  1. oh gawd, that modified version will have me laughing all night. hilarious.

  2. Then there’s the version where the ant bugs out to a well supplied location, the gov’t gives the ant’s house to the grasshoppers and they destroy the neighborhood when they find out there’s no food in the house.

  3. This fable is my favorite. Anyone with any common sense can see the moral of the story is not only a blue print for prepping but for life in general. Those that work hard, plan and prepare are much more likely to survive the “winters” of life than those that are lazy, procrastinate and are dependent on others for their needs…..which happens to be the vast majority of the population.

    1. Government response, DDT for the grasshopper and ant powder for the ants.

  4. In that he wrote about them, there were “grashoppers” way back in Aesop’s time…

  5. Today’s Grasshoppers band together in gangs, so to more easily take what they want from the Ants supplies.

  6. The ants loaded up on guns and ammo to prevent the gangster grasshoppers from stealing their stuff. Then the ants lived happily ever after.

  7. Sadly, many of today’s grasshoppers have money. Much of it is tax money, redistributed to them. Still, even with “other people’s money” they don’t prepare. Why should they? Old uncle guv is always there for them. I read where there are free lunch and dinners available. You know, homeless folks. Drug addicts, alcoholics, lay-abouts. Plenty of folks will take a free lunch. Have ya ever noticed the fine automobiles in line for free food?

    Pride. It’s gone missing in our country. Not everyone thankfully, but far too many. To me it can all be summed up with one word PRIDE. Yes, the grasshoppers take note of what the ant does. The ant quietly goes about his business. Grasshoppers can spit, you know the tobacco looking goo. The ant can bite. Many ants can bite a lot.

    1. Plainsmedic,
      Pride would and has made me find a way on my own, one way or another but definitely never through handouts

    2. How much further will the redistribution go until the workers and producers “shrug”?

      1. I can say one thing for sure, i will be shocked if there isnt a huge backlash against the professional political establishment this season,,, its time,

        Need to field as many non politicians in as many races at all levels as possible

  8. Ken,great post.
    A perfect visual for this fable is the trash left on the LA. train tracks after the “grasshoppers ” pillaged the packages bought and paid for by the “ants”…

  9. Grasshoppers generally dont have the guns, tools, means or willingness to “take” from the aunts unless the government takes and distributes. A few grasshoppers would be able to take but all in all they wont last long.

  10. Great article and very timely. Stock as much as you can for food and water. Also need to prepare to protect it. Anyone that isn’t prepared by now probably deserves what’s coming. I know a lot of people may not be able to, but those are the very young and the very old, along with the truly disabled.
    Make sure you have plenty of essential metals for protection. It’s available on the market.

  11. Wow! First time here. Awesome, I am a prepper……need to say no more. But Confuses say “Who is trapped….”the fly or the spider”

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