Five Ft. Three

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” ― Milton Friedman

The Cocoon & the Butterfly

on July 26, 2008

Being at our local botanical garden today, in the butterfly garden I was reminded of this story I had heard years ago:

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly, that he brought home.

One day a small opening appeared in the cocoon. He sat and watched the cocoon for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making progress. It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. The man decided to help the butterfly in it’s struggle. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon…

and the butterfly emerged easily.

As the butterfly emerged, the man was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body which would contract and the butterfly would be able to fly.
But neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle were required for the butterfly to be able to fly. The butterfly must push it’s way through the tiny opening to force the fluid from its body and wings. Only by struggling through the opening, can the butterfly’s wings be ready for flight once it emerges from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

And we could never fly.

To take this one step further, it’s like teaching a man to fish, yet some people think it’s better to give the fish, or cut the cocoon. While it is good to help people, we actually could be hurting them by just “doing” for them. In the long run, we know best what we need done anyway for ourselves, and that’s why I want to preserve our freedoms in our country so we all have the opportunity to fly.

P.S. to liberals, I know this sort of posting is too sophisicated for you all, I pretty much assume you won’t “get it”; if you did you wouldn’t be a liberal anymore, lol.

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