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There was once a Countryman who possessed the most wonderful Goose you can imagine, for every day when he visited the nest, the Goose had laid a beautiful, glittering, golden egg.

The Countryman took the eggs to market and soon began to get rich. But it was not long before he grew impatient with the Goose because she gave him only a single golden egg a day. He was not getting rich fast enough.

Then one day, after he had finished counting his money, the idea came to him that he could improve his profit margins by cutting the Goose’s feed budget, and only cleaning the Goose’s coop once a week instead of daily. Over time, the Countryman’s income soared as the Goose’s working conditions became worse and worse.

The Goose had had enough. The Countryman did nothing to contribute to the production of the golden eggs, but merely owned the barn wherein the eggs were produced! She determined she had one of two options: she could withhold her labour and stop producing golden eggs entirely until her working conditions improved, or she could gather the other farm animals to reclaim the right to their own labour, and end the Countryman’s exploitation for good.

The farm animals organized and constructed a simple but effective guillotine. With fire in their hearts, they grabbed the Countryman and provided him the just reward for his tyranny.

The farm animals lived in cooperative comfort forever after.

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing. 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 in that way?”“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”I am a grasshopper! I sing, I fiddle, I find value in music!” replied the Grasshopper. 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: a society that overemphasizes the STEM fields will always undervalue the arts, killing off those who produce beauty and culture.

A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, and carries the scorpion across. Nothing happens, because when we anthropomorphize creatures to create moralizing fables we project into them the values we as the author wish to express, and not an analysis of actual reality.