Sunday, January 21, 2007

Rant of the Ant

Remember that Aesop Fable about the Grasshopper and the Ant?
The ant works hard all summer. He gathers food. He builds a winter home. While he's sweating away, a grasshopper goofs around.
Winter comes. The ant has a warm home and plenty to eat. The grasshopper freezes or starves.
I have a problem with this story- it's a lie.
I know too many successful grasshoppers. They break all the rules, yet prosper. They drink and drive with impunity. They cheat in their relationships. No one finds out. They lie, they gossip, they backstab. A few of them steal. And it pays off! They're never caught. They bounce from one indiscrestion to another like a pinball, enjoying the ride. Maybe they'll roll over a few ants along the way. That's okay. We're only ants, right?
I've heard that Aesop was blind. I belive it. He didn't see what was really going on.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You're absolutely right. Those grasshoppers are BULLSHIT!