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OFF-TOPIC how to catch a wild pig

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Jul 24, 2007
Noblesville, IN
I received this in an e-mail and thought it was poignant. It has a slight political slant ( MJ okd it but will remove it if anyone is heavily offended) but I think it has a great message. The overall message being that if you want to succeed then you must get out and earn it, no one is going to hand it to you.

There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some Exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof noticed one young man (exchange student) who
kept rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor
asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a
bullet lodged in his b ack. He had been shot while fighting communists in
his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government
and install a new communist government. In the midst of his story he
looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, ' Do you
know how to catch wild pigs?' The professor thought it was a joke and
asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke.'You catch
wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the
ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn.
When they are used to coming everyday, you put a fence down one side of
the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence,
they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.
They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have
all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who
are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam
the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have
lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they
are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to
it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so
they accept their captivity The young man then told the professor that is
exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us
toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the
form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned
income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops
(CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our
freedoms - just a little at a time. One should always remember 'There is
no such thing as a free Lunch!

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Speedway Pass
Jul 24, 2007
Oh, love this. It applies to so many areas of life.

  • If you pick up the room for your children - they will never pick up the room.
  • If you keep bailing your alcoholic loved one out of trouble - they will keep getting into trouble. Why not? You will always bail them out!!!
  • If you give someone money. Why would they work for money?
  • If you bring your child the lunch they forgot. Why would they remember to bring the lunch?

The very best gift we can give to others is the gift of support and understanding as they figure it out for themsleves.

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