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The Ant and the Grasshopper

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The Ant and the Grasshopper

An Oldie but funny.

Two  Different Versions ... Two Different Morals 

OLD: 

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.

MORAL OF THE  OLD STORY:
Be  responsible for yourself 


MODERN: 

The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain 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 he is cold and starving..

The BBC 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.
Britain is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this 
poor grasshopper is  allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on News Night with  the 
grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy   
Being Green ...'
Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the 
ant's house where the  news stations film a group from the 
Labour Party singing, We shall overcome.
Then Archbishop Welby has the group kneel down to pray for 
the grasshopper while he damns the ants.
Ed Milliband condemns the ant and blames David Cameron, 
George Osborne and Margaret Thatcher, John Major et al and 
the Pope for the grasshopper's plight.

Polly Toynbee and Vanessa Redgrave exclaim in an interview 
on BBC News 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. 

Finally the EU intervenes and drafts the Economic Equity & 
Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number 
of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his 
retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the EU Green 
Czar and given to the grasshopper .The story ends as we see 
the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the           
last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in,     
which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house,   
crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain 
it. The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again. 
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     
ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighbourhood. The 
entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world 
with it.
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Re: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Not funny in the slightest.
All your story is trying to do is claim that the poor people are lazy and don't think ahead.
Not everyone can be rich. There will always be poor people. People who are on their feet for 12 hour shifts working in  warehouse moving heavy goods around for example. Do you think that they fail to "work hard" ?
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Re: The Ant and the Grasshopper

How I agree with you 7up!!
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Re: The Ant and the Grasshopper

No not funny but more than a hint of truth in it.
Of course those relatively hard up, like me, are not lazy.
But the problem is it's the outrageously freeloading lazy "poor" that make the headlines.
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https://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/wealthy-families-create-glass-floor-to-ensure-their-children-are-su...
You couldn't make it up! But its real life. Here in the papers today, so you want to help your kids, we don't need a study to tell you that.  Roll eyes
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Re: The Ant and the Grasshopper

I guess this has always been the case, the very well off mix mostly within their own circle so it follows they will be able to get opportunities for their children that the average family cannot get.
There are people with good qualifications who work hard and get little in return whilst others who are not half as good but with the right connections get a well paid job.
It must be quite annoying to work for someone who is not up to the job or uses your skills to further their position.
I often wonder how some of these people who work for several companies can get paid large sums of money for a one or two days work a week.
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Re: The Ant and the Grasshopper

I thought it was funny,even if it is a bit too close to the truth for some people.  Cheesy Cheesy
Well said, Artmo. Wink
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Re: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Thank you DB you are so right.  A touch of humour sometimes gets the message home  Wink
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Re: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Except that only one person out of multiple people thought it was funny.
Strange how you only reply again when somebody finally agrees with you. I've learnt something about you over the years artmo, you can dish out abuse and accusations to people but when someone says something negative to you then you can't take it and stop responding.
So surely that makes you a hypocrite? - You can slam other people but can't take it yourself.
Bet there is steam brewing in your ears right about now right?  Cheesy
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Re: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Maybe too close to home for you Wink It is just a story to illustrate a point. Take from it what you will. If you don't like it then ignore it. 244 people read it and decided to refrain from comment.