How to Catch Wild Pigs: An Allegory for Our Time

According to the dictionary, a fable is a usually short narrative making an edifying or cautionary point and often employing as characters animals that speak and act like humans.

With that thought in mind, I would like to share with my followers the following short fable about catching wild pigs that someone sent me recently. The author of this little allegory is anonymous, but I am happy to share it anyway.

Frankly, I am not sure Aesop could have penned a better fable to describe what is in store for America the next four years under a Biden administration.

Please read on.

Once upon a time, there was a university chemistry professor who had some exchange students in his class.

One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if he was in pain.

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 socialists and Communists who were trying to overthrow his native country’s democratic government.

In the middle 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 that it was no joke. Then he proceeded to enlighten the professor on the art of capturing wild pigs, which are exceptionally dangerous creatures.

“You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and spreading a lot of corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.

“When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the spot where they are used to coming. When they get used to that fence, they return and begin to eat the corn again. Then you put up another side of the fence.

“Eventually, they get used to that and return to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate on the last side.

“By now the pigs are used to the free corn and come blithely through the gate again and again to eat that free corn.

Once you have a good sized herd in the pen, you slam the gate on them.

“Suddenly the wild pigs realize they have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they can’t get free. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They get so used to eating the corn that they forget how to forage for themselves in the woods and eventually they accept their captivity.”

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in the United States during the next four years. The Biden administration and a Democrat-controlled Congress will continue pushing us toward socialism/ communism by dispersing the “free corn” in the form of federal entitlements and give-away programs in return for votes.

Meanwhile, we will lose our freedoms, a little at a time—and most people won’t even notice it.

Think about what the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin said: “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one will have noticed.”

 You can draw two morals from this little tale:

  1. There is no such thing as a free lunch!
  2. God help us all when the gate slams shut!

I will end with this sobering thought:

“The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”











About Ronald E. Yates

Ronald E. Yates is an award-winning author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy. Read More About Ron Here