Magazine article Insight on the News

Moral Has Changed in Updated Tale of the Ant and Grasshopper. (for the People)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Moral Has Changed in Updated Tale of the Ant and Grasshopper. (for the People)

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A friend of for the people found an updated version of the ages-old fable of the grasshopper and the ant. The original version that everyone first heard sometime during one's childhood ran like this:

"The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer, building his house and laying in supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and he laughs, dances and plays away his summer.

"Come winter, the ant is warm and well-fed, while the grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he starves, freezes and dies in the cold."

That familiar story, in updated, 2002 form, now reads:

"The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer, building his house and laying in supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and he laughs, dances and plays away the summer.

"Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ants 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 ants in their comfortable homes with tables filled with food. …

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