Catching wild pigs with free stuff

- January 1st, 2013

wild pigsSeveral people have sent this to me in the past few weeks. While this fable speaks of America, the lesson applies equally to Canada.

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 catchwild 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. 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, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again.  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.

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3 comments

  1. Stephen Smith says:

    Here’s another way. You dig a pit with sheer sides along the path the pigs use and place Pungee sticks in the botton. Cover the top with branches and leaves and wait for the pig to fall through and impale itself.

    Then you can share the catch with your village and feed other people or you can sell the meat to buy a machine to help you become more productive.

    Seems a faster and much cheaper way than expending endless ears of corn, that could be feeding other people and weeks to catch the same animal.

    BTW you forgot to mention subsidies for oil and gas, but hey if your going to post a really lame story a really lame conclusion is the best we can expect.

  2. Constantin says:

    Sadly, parables are beyond the comprehension levels of some….
    What is revealing in Mr. Smith’s comment, however, is the desire to kill the wild pig “efficiently” in order to increase unspecified productivity and use the corn to feed “people”. This is a very interesting point of view. Not realizing that the pigs in the parable are in fact people, Mr. Smith suggests using the corn to feed somebody else. It makes one wonder whether it is just faulty reasoning or an unconscious expression of deep seated belief that there are two kinds of people, one of which is worth killing for the benefit of the others. Whichever way one looks at it, Mr. Smith’s comment is worth keeping as a good sample of the effects of brainwashing. Also, could one immagine Mr. Smith successfully running a business? LOL

  3. Stephen Smith says:

    If you’re dumb enough to let yourself be fenced in then you were never free in the first place. Conversely if you try and fence something in for your own neferious ends then you deserve whatever punishment befalls you.

    The solution lies elsewhere.

    BTW last time I checked the more protein humans had available to them the faster they were able to produce things, grow an economy, evolve and adapt. Our whole western civilisation is built on efficency don’t try and say other wise or else our refuting almist 250 years of economic thought (Adam Smith Wealth of Nations 1776)

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