Are You An Ant Or A Grasshopper


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…

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  1. It’s all good for Mr. Ant until the government accuses him of hoarding, takes all of his supplies and redistributes them to the poor unfortunate grasshoppers.

    1. But that won’t help the grasshoppers, because they only know how to eat Twinkies and Starbucks, and have no idea how to grind grain and bake bread. You’ll need The Little Red Hen for that. ;)

  2. Along the lines of what Ancona mentions: Do y’all think they will be as likely to take your home canned goods as any commercial goods you have? The wife and I have talked about it and we don’t think so. At least until things are really desperate.

    Also, agree with Tammy. Too many wouldn’t have a clue of what to do with a bucket of wheat.

    1. Hmmm, good point. Maybe the FDA would be on our side, and say that home-canned goods aren’t safe enough to redistribute.

  3. Give them your bullets first. There is nothing like hot lead to make them look at someone else to take from.

  4. In the modern version, the ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and preparing for the winter. He works hard, pays 50% in taxes to the government and spends ample time complying with government regulations as he prepares 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. The liberal media lines up and supports protests against the rich ant – as they run ad naseum supporting stories of the shivering grasshopper.

    The grasshopper hosts regular press conferences – and shocks Americans with the sharp contrast. Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Occupy Wall Street stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group ranting and raving against the 1%. Harry Reid stands up and calls the ant “un-American.”

    The liberal Democrats blame President Bush, President Reagan, and others for the maligned grasshopper’s plight. There are countless petitions and wall-to-wall media coverage about how 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.

    The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs. The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food in a bid for equality.

  5. I just ran across this headline on Fox: “Venezuela Will Begin Fingerprinting Grocery Shoppers To Control How Much Food They Buy”.
    Best get your prepping in order, lots of stuff happening all over the world right now.

  6. As far as the gov’t or national guard coming and taking all of your food “for the good of the people” to be redistributed, I want to mention that your pantry should contain food for this reason, BUT YOUR STASH SHOULD BE HIDDEN- behind a fake wall, wherever you can build a spot for it. When they come for your food, show ’em your pantry (put cheap stuff in there). They will clean it out and not look further. Your larder should always be hidden.

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