Many of us remember the fairy tale of the little red hen who seemed to struggle with a feeling that the other animals, specifically the dog, the cat and the duck, never seemed to lend a helping hand. As the story goes, Little Red Hen lived on a farm with her five chicks. On this farm there also lived a dog, a cat and a duck.
One spring day Little Red Hen found some seeds and decided to plant them in the field. She spotted the farm dog sleeping soundly and woke him to ask for his help. His response was not I. So Red and her five chicks planted the seeds themselves.
When the stalks of wheat had grown tall and were ready to be harvested, Little Red and her five chicks took their cart to the field and begin to harvest. She spotted the cat in the field licking her paws and Little Red Hen s famous Who will help me question was now asked of the cat.
The cat responded not I to Little Red Hen. But her chicks said, We will help you harvest the wheat. &
We all remember what happens next. The bread is made, it smells great, the dog, the cat and the duck all agree to help Little Red Hen eat the bread; but she, of course, refuses to share the bread with these guys because the dog didn t help her plant the seeds, the cat didn t help her harvest the wheat, the duck didn t help her unload the flour and none of them helped her bake the bread.
But then, the government stepped in and said to Red that she MUST share her bread with all, because that is what is fair .
Red; admitting defeat, now having lost all of her initiative for productivity; has since joined in the line for free bread .
And as could be predicted, the bread still is still waiting to be baked.