Monday, August 18, 2014

The Fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper in the World of Universal Basic Income (UBI)

The original version of the fable:
In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

     "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"
     "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."
     "Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; "We have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

     When the winter came, the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger - while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for days of need.

The new and improved version:

The fable remains the same until the last paragraph. The new and improved last paragraph now reads:

     When the winter came, all the Grasshoppers voted for the political party advocating Universal Basic Income (the UBI Party). Since Grasshoppers were in the majority, the UBI Party won the elections, passed the UBI Bill, and the Ant was forced to provide the Grasshopper with food and shelter for the rest of the winter. When the summer came, the Grasshopper was once again hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. Then the Grasshopper knew: We need the government to provide for the needy.
Disclaimer: Any extrapolations of this story to the human world are solely at the reader's risk. The intended scope of the fable applies only to the world of Ants and Grasshoppers.


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