The Ant and the Grasshopper:
Modern Version of Aesop’s Fable in a Canadian Political Setting
Note: This article was first published in LinkedIn Pulse on September 24, 2015.
One of my daughters posted something on Facebook recently which caught my interest and complete attention. It was a short seemingly familiar fable that reminds me of Aesop. It has the same title and the same character from what I’ve read when I was little. However, I soon found that there were some interesting twists in the story which made it more interesting. It is laden with truth about the reality that Canadians tuned to the political landscape can fully appreciate. It was Aesop-like but there’s more to it.
The Ant and the Grasshopper is one of Aesop’s more popular fables. Aesop describes how a hungry grasshopper begs for food from an ant when winter comes and is refused. The situation sums up moral lessons about the virtues of hard work and planning for the future (Wikipedia, 2015.The Ant and the Grasshopper).
I have been searching for the original author of the revised story but could not find who. My daughter just got it forwarded to her, just like all the others I’ve asked. There were others who posted it on their individual site, but none of them is the author. Nobody has stepped forward to say that the new version is his/her.
One thing is clear though, the author wants the message to be shared and that thought is good enough for me. To this author, I take my hats off in recognition, not because of political affiliation but because the author has shared the truth clearly in black and white.
For my part, let me share his/her politically relevant fable to all of you accompanied by a quick art I have specially rendered.
The Old Story (Aesop)
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: Work hard and be responsible for yourself.
Modern Political Version by an Unknown Author
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.
CBC, CTV, Global and City TV 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. Canada 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 CBC News with Peter Mansbridge along with the Grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” People Against Poverty stages a demonstration in front of the Ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We Shall Overcome.”
Then Justin Trudeau has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake. Kathleen Wynne condemns the ant and blames Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Former Premier Mike Harris, Bill Davis, Joe Clarke, Harold Ballard, and Conrad Black for the Grasshopper’s’ plight.
Justin Trudeau and Scott Brison explain in an interview with Wendy Mesley 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 Provincial Liberal/NDP coalition drafts the Economic Equity and 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 Ontario Governments Green Czar, Dalton McGuinty 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 in 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 and ramshackle the once prosperous and peaceful neighborhood.
The entire nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.
What is the moral of this modern story?
Be careful how and who you vote in the next election. The original author has sent this to you because he/she believes that you are an ant! Your decision as a Canadian is very critical to our future as a country; and if you live in Alberta, to Alberta’s tomorrow. Managing your risks start today
So, I ask all of you gently to open your eyes and expand your mind when exercising your precious electorate right. Always remember this: There are many people in the world who do not have the democratic privilege of deciding who run their nation. Make sure you vote! Make sure it counts!
You can pass this on like I did to other ants. The author cautions every ant about sending to grasshoppers because he/she believes that they would not understand it anyway and only create arguments.
Source of the story: Unknown Author, 2015
Rufran C. Frago-Author (092515)
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