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The Grasshoppers and the Ants, a Modern Fable

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GUESS WHICH ONE WE ARE?
"Everybody in the west knows the fable of the grasshopper and the ant," writes Martin Wolf in today's Financial Times. "The grasshopper is lazy and sings away the summer, while the ant piles up stores for the winter. When the cold weather comes, the grasshopper begs the ant for food. The ant refuses and the grasshopper starves. The moral of this story? Idleness brings want." You know where this headed, right? So, which one are we? "Yet life is more complex than in Aesop’s fable. Today, the ants are Germans, Chinese and Japanese, while the grasshoppers are American, British, Greek, Irish and Spanish."
SOURCE:   Financial Times

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