Friday, October 10, 2008

Food For Thought

Someone sent the following story to me in an email. So you may
have seen it already or maybe not. I don't know if it's a true
story or not, but even in fiction there can be a lesson learned.
It's a metaphor for where they country is headed if we don't do
something about it now.

A chemistry professor in a large college had some exchange students in the class.
One day while the class was in the lab the Professor noticed one young man
(exchange student) who kept rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had
a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his
native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install
a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question.
He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?'

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man
said this was no joke. 'You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the
woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday
to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down
one side of the place where they are used to coming.

When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up
another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You
continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in The last
side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to
eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside
the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They
are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for
themselves, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to
America . The government keeps pushing us toward socialism and keeps spreading
the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit
for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops
(CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc.. While we continually lose our freedoms --
just a little at a time.

1 comment:

jan said...

Like putting a frog in a pan of cold water and gradually heating it to the boiling point...

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