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Other Sources
of Wisdom

•  Buddha's Teaching
•  The Jefferson Bible
•  The Qur'an
•  The Tao Te Ching
•  Musashi's Five Rings
•  It's Never Too Late
•  Pearls of Wisdom
•  Powell's Rules
•  Simple Instructions for Life
•  What You Should Know


A Fable

Ancient Version

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

The moral of the story:

Work hard and take responsiblity for yourself!


Modern Version

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up 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 others are cold and starving.

ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and PBS 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 it be, in a country of such vast wealth, that this poor grasshopper be allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, "Its Not Easy Being Green." Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news media videos the group singing, "We shall overcome." Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi exclaim that 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 EEOC drafts the Economic Equity for Grasshoppers Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of grasshoppers, and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

Finally, we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in (which use to be the ant's house) crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The story ends as 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 once peaceful neighborhood.

The moral of the story:

Be careful how you vote!


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