Friday, October 21, 2011

Be Aesop's Ant

Sorry, for the late posting. This was the week of California’s Great ShakeOut, a time in which all of Californian’s were to Drop, Cover and Hold On as practice and reminder of what we need to do during an earthquake. I spent the last several days engaged in activities that I hoped would bring the concept of earthquake safety in particular and emergency preparedness in general to the forefront of people’s minds.

Maybe it was the gloomy day, the gloomy economy, or any other gloomy aspect of human existence we can blame these days, but people really seemed to be listless and quite apathetic about the whole event. Major earthquake? Major disaster? Blah.

This could have been simply the sharp contrast to MY enthusiasm over the event, but, no, it just seemed that many just didn’t care.

And maybe it was just on such a day in the 5th century B.C. that Aesop sat down and, after observing an ant and grasshopper, composed his story. It’s best to prepare for days of need, the Ant advised the Grasshopper.

Yes, indeed. I fear that there are not enough of us ants when the time comes. Are you listening, Grasshoppers?

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