Preparing to Fail?

Posted: August 29, 2014 in World On The Edge


Would you build a new house without a blueprint? Would you take a trip without knowing where you’re going?  The blueprint and the knowledge are important preparations to success.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” –Benjamin Franklin

These words from a great American leader reinforce the need to prepare.

But wait. Have  today’s American leaders neglected to realize that  our enemies are preparing, too—against us?

Remember the Emperor Nero who ‘fiddled’ while Rome burned?   In other words, he was so full of himself, he  did not prepare for the hard times to come.

Perfect example: The Ant and the Grasshopper

It was summer, hot and sunny, and, instead of working and preparing for winter, a Grasshopper preferred to dance, sing and play his violin at his leisure, not minding that these wonderful days will soon be over, that cold and rainy days will soon be near.

On seeing a hardworking Ant passing by him, preparing for the hard winter that was to come one day, he invited him to join him and share his fun.
“Unfortunately, I don’t have time for this”, the Ant answered, “I must work hard, so that winter won’t find me without shelter and food.”
“Stop worrying so much, there is still plenty of time to prepare for winter. Let’s sing and dance together, let’s laugh and enjoy life”.
But Ant was very wise and wouldn’t pay attention to the Grasshopper’s words and continued to work hard and store food for the long winter that was to come.
The winter came sooner than expected, and the Grasshopper found himself without home and without food. He went to the Ant’s house and begged him for food and shelter.
“I’m sorry, but I can’t help you”, the Ant said. “I only have room and food for me and my family, so go find help somewhere else.”

Moral:  Prepare for the hard days to come.

Once again: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

We must prepare. Because—right under our noses– there are those who, for years, have been preparing for terrible evil against us. Sadly, we either ignored it, or some of us were too busy playing King. And now, like the grasshopper’s, our survival may be in great danger

  1. Pat says:

    Very insightful!


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