Charity


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.

There’s a time for work and a time for play.