In Aesop’s fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper, some say the ant should have been charitable. But I don’t see it this way. Charity, in my opinion, is for those who have met with misfortune. This was not the case for the Grasshopper. The Grasshopper was lazy and played the summer away.
Today, we have many grasshoppers whose only plan for survival is to live off others’ hard work. When winter comes, they are unprepared and can fault no one but themselves.
The Ant & the Grasshopper
One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.
“What!” cried the Ants in surprise, “haven’t you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?”
“I didn’t have time to store up any food,” whined the Grasshopper; “I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone.”
The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust.
“Making music, were you?” they cried. “Very well; now dance!” And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work.
Every atom in the universe stilled as the toxic energy from one spread to them all. Expansion stopped—an apple with two bites out of it lay on the ground beneath the Tree of Life; fruit it no longer bears.
His debut book, Instant Wealth, was six hundred and sixty-six pages long. It promised riches, and all Jim had to do was place his right hand on the last page, which he did. In an instant, he was rich. But life is short, and eternity was a different story.
In the past, if you left an area of civilization, you would have to travel through large expanses of wilderness to reach another civilized place. Today, the opposite is true; if you leave a wilderness area, you will have to travel through a vast expanse of civilization to reach another.
A balance between the two needs to be restored, or we will not survive.
The short night, the long day. “It’s too hot, Pappy.” The long night, the long day. “I hate raking leaves, Pappy.” The long night, the short day. “It’s too cold, Pappy.” The long night, the long day. “My allergies are killing me, Pappy.” The short night, the long day. “It’s too humid, Pappy. Pappy, are you listening to me?” “Hush, I’m thinking.” “About what?” “The night I should have kept my pants on.”
Living with nothing; no power, no public water/sewer systems, no grocery stores, no fuel, no nothing. Are you ready to live like that?
I didn’t think so; most people are not. But for the ones who are, life will be a lot easier after a disaster. However, becoming self-reliant does not have to be so dire; you can replace those lost public conveniences with gardens, generators, solar, septic tanks, water wells, etcetera. But those things can fail too. And that’s why you hear people say, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” But I say, hope is highly overrated, so put more thought on the first and go primitive camping with your family every chance you get. It’s the closest you will get to living without modern conveniences, provided you don’t bring them with you.
The Carrico sisters’ parents did this with them, and they credited their parents with their survival after getting lost in the woods.
A goal of all preppers should be to get out of debt. And to get out of debt, you need to manage your finances and personal life accordingly. In his book The Art of Money Getting, P.T. Barnum asserts that there are no shortcuts to affluence; instead, he stresses the importance of virtue as a foundation for wealth.
This book of timeless counsel from a legendary impresario will prove a helpful companion to readers wishing to make the most of their talents and opportunities to prepare.