How to catch a wild pig – a parable

How to Catch a Wild Pig

A chemistry professor at a large college had some exchange students in the class.

One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, a foreign 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 back. 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: “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 and explained:

“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 every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, 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 socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental security income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, food stamps, government subsidized housing, Medicaid, Medicare….

Meanwhile, with each government program, we lose our autonomy and freedoms a little at a time.

Then one day, we look around and find ourselves completely fenced in. But by then, we’ve grown fat, complacent, and have forgotten what freedom is and how to be free people in charge of and responsible for ourselves.

Some of us grumble and shake our fists at our overlords on Internet chat forums. Some even manage to gather the energy and join a march or protest. But the outrage quickly dissipates, like smoke from a chimney dissolving in the air.

And we go back to eating the free corn and watching ESPN.

Note: “How to catch a wild pig” has been circulating on the net, with no identified author. I penned the last three paragraphs. ~Eowyn

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25 responses to “How to catch a wild pig – a parable

  1. Couldn’t be truer! Great post, Doc!
    I hope your readers spread this around as it explains, exactly, what’s happened to us without all the boring political satire. Even a child could understand this…

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  2. Kevin J Lankford

    I’m sure there are still many who will not get the point. In just the last several generations they are ready for the ‘gate’.

    True independence and self-sufficiency is a lost concept. People can now be lead by the nose over fear for their pay-check, or welfare and food stamps, or now even their health care.

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  3. Then you have those the will complain and actually fight you if you try to open the gate! They actually LIKE being in the pen and are afraid of being in the open and having to do things for themselves.

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  4. trump’s building a wall, the west is the target, wake up people.

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  5. Too true.

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  6. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:

    And the corn is a product of Monsanto/Bayer research and production!

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  7. Well said A Short story of failed despotism ( Socilaits failed Look at Venezuela) Commie takeover by the Manifesto MARXIST/Stalin take over as Obama frolics on our dime in the Caribbean as his wife has a full SS detail following her she ,:oit: frolics in Hollywood thinking she is a sensational Black woman.

    What really pisses off Real Amerifca is that the nigger’s famously pulled it off and not behind bars.two failed lawyers who turned in their law licenses in Chjicago,IL,in the mid nineties and what have e both of them been doing since the mid nineties ? Beign groomed by the Communist Bill Ayers. Jessie Jackson and Many more to mention here.

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  8. That is a very good parable, especially for today.

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  9. Most of the time it takes an outsider to point out to us what we do not see as a problem. We’re inside of the pen with the gate almost closed and locked now. Unfortunately removing the fence is going to require bloodshed, most aren’t willing to make the sacrifice and will happily stay where they are eating the free corn until it runs out then they’ll pay for all of that free corn.

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  10. Great pig parable (fable). I grew up on a pig farm.

    I wrote a short fable (350 words) called The Sheep Who Refused To Fight. If you would like to read it, I am open to any feedback: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/the-sheep-who-refused-to-fight/

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  11. RecoveringPublicEducated

    Uhh…I was born in the cage.
    SSN, birth cert, 1040 forms ALL prove that I am, a USDA gov’t certified and STAMPED pig…far removed from anything that would be called wild.
    But i did get to see the top put on the cage and turn it more into a cell.
    The inside job reffered to as 911 brought us Homeland Security, TSA, etc..
    The fact that nobody was arrested and hanged for that day proves something much worse. Stick a fork in it little piggies, we’re done.

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  12. I don’t believe the story is true but it’s a fine corollary of which many know about and have been warning about.

    You like the free stuff, you got lazy, you end up liking the liars – till they start telling you the truth.

    They are your masters now and BOW TO THEM! And like the pigs you will. Then you’ll be marked with the “mark of the beast”.

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  14. “Some Reasons Why I’m Not; A Democrat, A Liberal, A Socialists, A Communist, And Those That Believe America Should Be Handing Out Everything To Those That; Are Poor And Will Not Work, Students Who Believe They Deserve A Free Education, Those That Invade Our Country And Devour And Abuse America’s Substance, Those That Come Here To Openly Protest Their Disdain For America While Enjoying America’s Freedom To Do So, Any American Who Is Not Proud To Call America Their Home And Openly Shows It, Anyone Who Demonstrates Disrespect For America, Our Flag and Our Rule Of Constitutional Law, Just To Only Name A Few!”

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  16. http://taxicabdepressions.com/?p=1193
    I first saw this over here. this guy is an awesome writer and was fun to follow with his taxi driving stories.

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  17. The pig story has been around a long time, the perfect explanation of socialism.

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  18. I see the “Pigs in the pen” as our Congressional representatives, surrounded by broods of ignorant piglets who wait to suckle or slurp on the scraps that get shoved out. The “Pigs” gorge on lobbyist and special interest “corn”, oblivious to those of us who prefer to forage around in the jungle, staying lean and mean.

    Our numbers are growing, and we have a Lion in the White House. The “good Pigs” had better quit eating, and squeeze out between the fence bars and join us. The fat Pigs who continue to gorge will meet their just deserts, and we will feast on their remains. The piglets will learn to forage, or starve. God Bless America.

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  20. Fantastic article. I love those wild pigs, they always make me smile -and think of Arkansas!

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  21. “A government big enough to give you everything you want,
    is big enough to take away everything you have.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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