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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.