Thursday, January 3, 2013

Catching pigs...A parable

Via my brother, who is becoming ever more conservative as he grows up:

Thought provoking and interesting:

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class.
One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an 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 regime.
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 that it 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 every day 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. They, at first, find the fence disturbing...But, since they like the corn, and they are hungry, they stay, and eat... When they get used to the fence,
they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another
side of the fence. They find this disturbing too, but since they like the corn, and they are hungry
They get used to that and start to eat again. Then you put up a third side...again, they don't like it, but since they are used to the corn, they come back and eat the free corn again, ignoring the fence... You continue
until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate
in the last side.
"The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come
through the gate to eat that free corn again. It takes them a while to settle down, but eventually, because they like the corn and they are used to getting it, they relax and all come in through the gate. You then
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 in America .
The government keeps pushing us toward
Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the
free corn out in the form of programs such as
supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income,
tax exemptions, 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.

 One should always remember two truths:
There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper
than you can do it yourself.

Can you disagree?

Thanks, Bro.


art said...

There's always FREE CHEESE in the mousetrap, Baby!

Old NFO said...

Nope, and an excellent parable...

Karl said...

Excellent Comrade B. Shared.

Bakersfield Photography said...

I totally agree to you! And it also happens in other country. Your post is very informative. Keep it up!

Karl said...

Had to come back to ask about Part II.

It has something to do about it being to costly to feed all the pigs. Something about the less-than-socially acceptable pig(s) being removed to cut costs.