The day that Enron declared bankruptcy. CEO Ken Lay had left a voice mail on the phones of all Enron employees asking they come into the office regardless. Nearly 5, were called to a massive meeting and told that the paychecks that they had recently received would be their last. Three weeks before Christmas.
When that Hard times as a moral fable arrives, the grasshopper finds itself dying of hunger and begs the ant for food. However, the ant rebukes its idleness and tells it to dance the winter away now.
A variant fable, separately numbered in the Perry Index,  features a dung beetle as the improvident insect which finds that the winter rains wash away the dung on which it feeds.
Some versions state a moral at the end along the lines of "Idleness brings want", "To work today is to eat tomorrow", "Beware of winter before it comes". It is also influenced by the commendation in the biblical Book of Proverbswhich mentions the ant twice.
The first proverb admonishes, "Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest" 6.
The ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer. This appears as a counter-fable and is numbered in the Perry Index. This angered the king of the gods, who turned him into what is now an ant.
It has rarely been noticed since Classical times. The painting was exhibited at the Salon with a quotation from La Fontaine, Quand la bise fut venue When the north wind blewand was seen as a critique of the lately deposed Napoleon IIIwho had led the nation into a disastrous war with Prussia.
Another with the same title, alternatively known as "Girl with a Mandolin"was painted by Edouard Bisson — and depicts a gypsy musician in a sleeveless dress shivering in the falling snow.
Picturing the grasshopper as a musician, generally carrying a mandolin or guitar, was a convention that grew up when the insect was portrayed as a human being, since singers accompanied themselves on those instruments.
The sculptor and painter Ignaz Stern — also has the grasshopper thinly clad and shivering in the paired statues he produced under the title of the fable, while the jovial ant is more warmly dressed. The warmly shrouded monk has been out gathering alms and may be supposed to be giving the musician a lecture on his improvidence.
By contrast, the Naturalist Victor-Gabriel Gilbert — pictures the fable as being enacted in the marketplace of a small town in Northern France. For a long time, the illustrators of fable books had tended to concentrate on picturing winter landscapes, with the encounter between the insects occupying only the lower foreground.
In the 19th century the insects grew in size and began to take on human dress.
An old woman in a ragged dress approaches the lady of the house, who is working at her spinning wheel on an open verandah. Jacob Lawrence depicts much the same scene in his ink drawing of the fable, but with a different moral intent. There a weeping grasshopper stands before a seated ant who reaches back to lock his storeroom door.
Nevertheless, Hungary used the fable to promote a savings campaign on a 60 forint stamp in But La Pauvrette, after being taken in and fed, is rude and heartless when the situation is reversed.
Cigale is left to die in the snow at the close of the ballet. In La fourmi et la cigale the ant becomes an overworked housewife whom the dust follows into the grave. In this fable she figures as a night-club singer who asks a fox to act as her agent. He believes that she will be an easy victim for his manipulations but she handles him with such frosty finesse that he takes up singing himself.
The subversion lies in the four-line moral at the end, in which he advises that it is better to be an impresario than a performer. On the other hand, Francoise Sagan turns the satire against the too industrious.
Her ant has been stockpiling all winter and urges the grasshopper to invest in her wares when spring comes. So, she had smoked all through the summer? OK, now cough Et bien, toussez.
Somerset Maugham reverses the moral order in a different way in his short story, "The Ant and The Grasshopper" It concerns two brothers, one of whom is a dissolute waster whose hard-working brother has constantly to bail out of difficulties.
These twain are the twins that tick Homo Vulgaris. Plenty and Fiddler Dan"makes an argument for poetry over fanatical hard work.
Plenty, is so bent upon saving that he eats very little of what he has saved. Meanwhile, Fiddler Dan the grasshopper and his non-conforming ant wife survive the winter without help and resume playing music with the return of spring.
The text is modified to fit the tune and is retitled La fourmi et la sauterelle. The one by Ferdinand Poise was in one act and dated How can you say that Hard Times is a Moral Fable?
BY: CHETAN ANKUR Moral fable combines the left (logical) & right (creative) side of the brain, so it both entertains creatively and validates certain types of behaviour, morally.
The creative part is the fairy tale which often involves animals rather than humans. DealBook Briefing: Elon Musk Smoked Weed On Air. Investors who worry about the Tesla C.E.O.’s erratic behavior and drug use are not having their concerns allayed.
In technology strategy, the "second half of the chessboard" is a phrase, coined by Ray Kurzweil, in reference to the point where an exponentially growing factor begins to have a significant economic impact on an organization's overall business strategy.
While the number of grains on the first half of the chessboard is large, the amount on the second half is vastly (2 32 > 4 billion times) larger.
One of my favorite Aesop fables is the Scorpion and the Frog. There are many variations to this famed fable, but the short of it is as follows. It is basically a "work ethic" moral. The ant, who works diligently, can survive the hard times that eventually come. Those who ignore or put off preparing can be left with nothing when the time.
I think a lot of the explanation of the time lag is that current stories serve the same function of the ancient times’ religion: I think Harry Potter serves the same role in .