|Sep 30, 2009||Coincidental Bathrobe?|
|Sep 29, 2009||A Dimensional Disappointment|
|Sep 28, 2009||Juggling!|
|Sep 27, 2009||Who’s The Fool?|
|Sep 26, 2009||Mean Boys|
|Sep 25, 2009||Betrayal|
|Sep 24, 2009||Dissed by Dolphins|
|Sep 23, 2009||Albert Einstein’s Ticket|
|Sep 22, 2009||, Jewish|
|Sep 21, 2009||A Staggering Peace|
|Sep 20, 2009||A Million Minutes|
|Sep 19, 2009||The Ants and The Grasshopper|
|Sep 18, 2009||By Your Side|
|Sep 17, 2009||Lose and Find|
|Sep 16, 2009||Action Hero|
|Sep 15, 2009||Wailing in the Aisle|
|Sep 14, 2009||Laughter and The Bag of Chickens|
|Sep 13, 2009||For Mature Audiences Only|
|Sep 12, 2009||Flimflammery|
|Sep 11, 2009||No Wimps Allowed|
|Sep 10, 2009||A Strange, Strange Man|
|Sep 9, 2009||It’s Not Like That|
|Sep 8, 2009||Who Goes There?|
|Sep 7, 2009||A Simple Breakfast of Coffee and Toast|
|Sep 6, 2009||In the Beginning — Part 2|
|Sep 5, 2009||In the Beginning - Part 1|
|Sep 4, 2009||A Bad First Day|
|Sep 3, 2009||Change is the Constant|
|Sep 2, 2009||He Ain’t Lost, Just Bewildered|
|Sep 1, 2009||Rumors|
Title: The Ants and The Grasshopper
Date: September 19, 2009
The Ants and The Grasshopper
One summer's day, a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping, and singing. An Ant passed by, bearing an ear of corn he was taking home.
“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling?”
“I’m helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper. "We’ve got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way. When the winter came, the Grasshopper had no food and was hungry, while he saw the ants eating the corn they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It’s best to prepare for the days of necessity.
Poverty is complex. Unlike the fable of the Ants and the Grasshopper, laziness isn’t the likely cause.
Among the working poor, the lack of a living wage for hard work is a pressing cause of poverty. Single moms, working two jobs to earn rent and bread, aren’t lazy. Hard scrabble rural families, living where jobs are scarce, aren’t lazy if what they lack is opportunity, and not diligence.
A while ago, an anonymous viewer misunderstood me, when I paraphrased Proverbs saying, “Lazy people want but don’t get.” This viewer believed I was perpetuating the myth linking laziness and poverty. I was not. I’ve been poor in my life, and it was not because I was lazy. Like most people, I worked hard. Laziness does lead down the wrong road, but the vast majorities living in poverty aren’t lazy.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, in the scriptures You often take the side of the poor; let that be part of our faith as well. Amen.
Today’s Thought Is: The causes of poverty are complex.
The Ants and The Grasshopper, Aesop’s Fables Online Collection,