We Are All In This Together
With the political climate the way it is today in this country, the following story really hit home for me. And when I say “home”, I am talking about our country.
Many people complain about President Obama and, in his defense, his supporters complain about President Bush. For the most part, they do agree that nobody liked President Carter.
Anyway, when I read this story on my friend Mona’s Facebook page today, it made me realize something: if the Republicans and Democrats and Independents and Libertarians and Rastafarians and the other parties don’t come together as a country really soon, things are only going to get worse. If we don’t quit worrying about our ‘own’ agendas and concentrate on our country, we will all lose. Read this and tell me what you think:
We Are All In This Together
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.
“What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered.
He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap!
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the pig and told him “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a
mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”
The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a
mousetrap in the house!” The cow said “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap
catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the
farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient: chicken.
But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many! people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember: when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life.
What can we do to get Congress to work together? Threaten them with term limits? Make them live by the laws that they are passing? Take away their snack money? What is the answer?