The Ant and the Grasshopper

Next Winters Warmth, photo by Roger Vincent Jasaitis,
Next Winters Warmth

I woke this morning thinking about the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. I have two or three cords of wood sitting in my backyard waiting to be split for firewood. This is next winters warmth. It is also a lot of work that can’t be put off because it needs to season. This is where the fable comes in; am I an ant or grasshopper? The story is one of Aesop’s Fables, providing an ambivalent moral lesson about the virtues of hard work and planning for the future. It seems that this moral lesson has been with us for a long time and even the Bible is ambivalent on the subject;

Proverbs 6-6 “Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,”

Matthew 6:28 “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:”

It is no wonder that the ants and grasshoppers, morality of work aside, behave as they do. The grasshopper lives but one year and does not need to store food. The ant lives up to 15 years and must work to survive the winter. We humans look at nature and draw lessons from it to suit our morality, whatever that may be.

Enough, I gotta get to work….winter is coming.



2 thoughts on “The Ant and the Grasshopper

  1. Tina 05/14/2015 / 10:48 am

    I am a new beekeeper as of last week and have been observing and researching in preparation. What an interesting study of life – the harsh realities of nature, but also the amazing efficiency of a community. I’ll be sure to share some honey with you!!

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