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The Modern Ant and the Grasshopper

July 14th, 2017 by G.

Stolen from Friend of the JG Jamie Huston:

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, 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.

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

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Professors publish monographs on ant privilege and give their students extra credit to protest outside the ant’s house.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left after the costs of the suit, his home is confiscated by the government.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

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.

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July 14th, 2017 07:10:29

The New Fox and the Grapes II

July 11th, 2017 by G.

(Aesop’s fine original here.)

One afternoon a fox was walking through the forest and spotted a bunch of grapes hanging from over a lofty branch.

“Just the thing to quench my thirst,” quoth he.

Taking a few steps back, the fox jumped and just missed the hanging grapes. Again the fox took a few paces back and tried to reach them but still failed.

Finally, the enraged fox said, “those grapes are oppressing me!”

Moral:

When we feel ourselves unfortunate, we look for someone or something to blame.

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July 11th, 2017 05:40:17

The New Fox and the Grapes

July 10th, 2017 by G.

(Aesop’s fine original here.)

One afternoon a fox was walking through the forest and spotted a bunch of grapes hanging from over a lofty branch.

“Just the thing to quench my thirst,” quoth he.

Taking a few steps back, the fox jumped and just missed the hanging grapes. Again the fox took a few paces back and tried to reach them but still failed.

Finally, giving up, the fox turned up his nose and said, “Our society is obsessed with grapes and material values.  My spiritual nature is above such things,” and proceeded to walk away.

Moral:

It’s easy to pride yourself on what you cannot have.

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July 10th, 2017 05:40:57

The Pious Rabbit

March 16th, 2017 by G.

A rabbit went a little way down a small woodland path, then stopped and turned as if to poke into some bushes on the side.

A serpent further down the path, perceiving it, hissed “Stay on the strait and narrow path!”  The rabbit, who was pious, desisted from leaving the path and continued to hop down it.

As it came even with the serpent, the reptile hissed, “Be still, and know that He is God!”  The rabbit reverently ceased to move and composed himself for contemplation.

The serpent approached, but fearing that the rabbit would see him and take to flight, hissed, “at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow!” Somewhat perplexed as how best his own rabbit anatomy would allow him to comply with this scripture, of which he had just been reminded, the rabbit settled on prostrating himself to the ground.

As the serpent approached nearer, the rabbit heard the rustlings and asked himself out loud, Can this be a snake approaching?”  The serpent gasped as offended.  “How unkind!” it said.  “Should you not love your neighbor as yourself?”  With that, the serpent struck.

The rabbit, imagining himself engaged in pious exercises when in reality only engaged in folly, died and was eaten.

 

Moral: The Savior never said, heed your enemies.

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March 16th, 2017 05:38:16

Small Promises

February 02nd, 2017 by G.

An old woman knew herself to be dying.  She called her son, a captain of soldiers, to visit her bedside.

“My son,” she said, “you know that I have something of the second sight.  I have told you that greatness can be yours if you but reach for it, but you have refused to try.  Now I ask for something less.  I ask you to make me a small promise.  On the first anniversary of my death, on that day, tell no lies.” (more…)

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February 02nd, 2017 10:10:59

The Optimistic Bull Calf

December 30th, 2016 by G.

An old horse looked sorrowfully over the fence at a bull calf in the next pasture and gave a long sigh. The bull calf respectfully asked what the meaning of these expressions of sadness were. (more…)

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December 30th, 2016 09:41:39

The Third Parable of Rule

December 19th, 2016 by G.

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The 3rd Parable of Rule is the point of the first two.

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December 19th, 2016 13:30:21

The Pigs and the Wolf

December 08th, 2016 by G.

Three little pigs lived contentedly in a house of brick. One day the wolf came humbly to the door. (more…)

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December 08th, 2016 07:00:53

The Critical Crow

December 01st, 2016 by G.

An old horse was looking over the fence into a brushy field where some goat kids were frolicking.  A crow settled onto the fence next to him.

After a time, the horse observed, “They are so full of life, aren’t they?  It makes me feel young again.” (more…)

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December 01st, 2016 08:43:47

The New Samaritan

November 17th, 2016 by G.

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My muse has updated the parable of the Good Samaritan.  (more…)

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November 17th, 2016 09:53:34

The Coyote in the Fold

September 15th, 2016 by G.

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A tiny flock of lambs and their guard llama were kept in a small, fenced pasture.  A coyote in the neighborhood hungered after the lambs and made it his business to find some means of effecting an entrance. (more…)

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September 15th, 2016 09:26:25

The Traveler at the Ford

September 14th, 2016 by G.

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A traveler on a long journey came to a ford.  Due to recent rains, the stream was swollen to a flood.  The traveler was perplexed to know what to do and exercised his mind for a solution. (more…)

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September 14th, 2016 08:30:34

Greener Grass

September 07th, 2016 by G.

Some young cattle were boasting about their exploits to each other. One mentioned that she had snuck into the neighboring pasture and mentioned how green the grass had been there. A parrot heard. Later the parrot told another cow, “did you know the grass is greener on the other side of the fence?” “My, how interesting,” the cow replied, and went back to grazing. She later mentioned it to another member of the herd in off-hand conversation.  Between parrot chatter and the lighter talk of the cattle, soon it was a common, casual belief among the herd that the grass was greener in the other pasture. The animals’ behavior, however, was barely affected. They continued to graze as before. (more…)

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September 07th, 2016 06:18:20

The Bee in the Hive

September 01st, 2016 by G.

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A certain swarm of bees was led by a foolish queen to a location just on the side of small waterfall. One bee argued that early next spring when the waters swelled, the hive would be washed away. But most of the swarm shared the queen’s folly. Accordingly the bees built the hive alongside the falling water. (more…)

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September 01st, 2016 08:32:01

Lush Grass, Less Cattle

August 19th, 2016 by G.

A small herd was gathered into one corner of their great pastures to congratulate themselves on their prosperity.  “For indeed,” said one old cow, “our pastures are lusher and the grass is higher than ever.”

This speech excited the curiousity of a passing fox, who made it his business to remark on the causes.  “Why,” said the fox, “it is small wonder that the pasture grows ungrazed when your numbers are so few.  Where are the calves?  I see only one or two.  Such is the reason why your herd is diminished and why your grass grows ungrazed.  It is rather cause for lamentation than rejoicing.” (more…)

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August 19th, 2016 08:19:51