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An Age Old Fable Revisted

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While On a recent trip to Glacier National Park I came across this article written by an unknown person in Tioga, ND. Sound familiar?

”Classical 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 he’s 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.

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 he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.  Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. 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.

 

BBC, CNN, NDTV 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.  The world is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

 

The ACLU organizes a demonstration in front of the ant’s house. Amnesty International and the U.N. criticize the Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the grasshopper. Opposition MP’s stage a walkout.  Left parties call for ‘Justice for the Poor’ and demand Judicial Enquiry.Finally the Judicial Committee drafts the prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act [POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of winter.

 

The ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA, and having nothing left to pay his retroactive fines, his home is confiscated by the government and handed over to the grasshopper in a ceremony covered by BBC, CNN, and NDTV.  The ACLU spokesman calls it a “triumph of justice.” Koffi Annan invites the grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly, marking a victory for the rights of the poor and oppressed.”  Sound familiar?

 Bet you never thought about it that way before – but you will now!

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