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The Grasshopper & The Ant September 9, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Fiction, Happiness, Humor, Life Balance.

Never confuse living in the moment, with living only for the moment . . .  

Wikipedia ~ Grasshopper (in Public Domain)

Remember Aesop’s fable about   The Grasshopper and The Ant?

The Grasshopper frolicked all summer, playing instead of working.  When winter arrived, he had to go on welfare to survive.

In contrast, the Ant worked hard all summer, putting away stores for winter and paying taxes to support welfare programs designed to benefit the less fortunate.

When winter arrived, it irked Ant to see Grasshopper, an able-bodied insect, collecting welfare when, with a bit of effort, Grasshopper could have provided for himself.

As he passed by Grasshopper, who was waiting in the welfare line, Ant yelled out, “Get a job!”.

Grasshopper, raised as a Catholic,  with liberal doses of guilt and fear, felt embarrassed by Ant’s scorn.

After getting his welfare check, Grasshopper headed straight to confession to ask for penance.

The priest suggested that, instead of tithing the church with 10% of his earnings, Grasshopper fork over 100% of his ill-gotten gains.

Before leaving the church, Grasshopper dropped his welfare check into the collection plate and headed for the Homeless Shelter (run by the Methodists)  for a bowl of hot soup and a lumpy bed.

Wikipedia ~ Buddhism (in Public Domain)

While in bed that night, Grasshopper wondered whether he had done the right thing.

Maybe he shouldn’t have given his entire welfare check to the Catholic Church.

He’d been questioning his faith quite a bit lately and felt that religion paled in comparison to having a direct spiritual connection with God.

As he rolled over to go to sleep, he decided to look into becoming a  Buddhist monk.

Then he could have a bowl of hot soup and a lumpy bed every night.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Continued tomorrow ~ Life: A Balancing Act


1. cindy - September 9, 2010

I’m not familiar with this story, so I am interested to see where it goes.

nrhatch - September 9, 2010

I’ve added a link to an article on Aesop’s Fable about the Ant and the Grasshopper.

2. souldipper - September 9, 2010

Nancy, Has Aesop paid you a visit in one of your dreams? Poor guy would likely be stoned for PI if he tried to write his fabulous fables in this age.

nrhatch - September 9, 2010

My dreams are never this tame. ; )

What about Grimm’s Fairy Tales . . . they are grim indeed.

3. Naomi - September 10, 2010

Interesting story, thank you, Nancy! I guess there’s something to be said for the fable’s message, but then again, I love your take on the ‘liberal dose of guilt and fear’…perhaps it does deserve a whole different outlook 🙂

nrhatch - September 10, 2010

Aesop definitely believed in the “Puritan Work Ethic” ~ work before pleasure, and idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

In Life Balance, East Meets West.

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