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Jan 17, 2012 — by: P. Henry
Categories: Government, Culture

Sacred CowsThere once was a successful farmer who provided the entire community eggs and pork. His business was thriving so he decided to build himself a nice shop where he could park all of his farm vehicles. It was something he always wanted to do and finally he had the money. His new shop was a beautiful building and very modern. He was very pleased with himself.

However, one day economic calamity struck the community and many people were not able to buy his goods and services. His revenues quickly dropped. Almost overnight the farmer did not have enough money to feed all of his animals to run his farm, including his guard dogs. The guard dogs were essential to making sure the coyotes and wolves did not eat his chickens and pigs. It took a minimum of 10 to do the job right. Without 10 dogs, his farm would be at great risk.

The community was angry because they knew the farmer had spent much of his savings on a shop for his farm vehicles. If the farmer had built a smaller shop or fixed the old shop instead the farm wouldn't be in this financial bind. There was nothing the farmer could do about that now though, and even if the town replaced the farmer, the new farmer would have the same immediate problem: how to feed all of the farm animals in order to provide the eggs and pork the community needed.

The farmer thought and thought. Then, he came up with an idea. He had a three cows on his farm that were nice to look at, but they didn't provide any of the goods or services he was required to provide to the community. What if he were to sell one of the cows or maybe two? It would temporarily increase his revenue, but more importantly lower his ongoing expenses so he could feed all the chickens, pigs and guard dogs. When his business returned to normal he could buy back the cows or even get a horse. While he didn't like the idea of selling the cows, it was the wise thing to do in order to meet his obligations.

However, someone from the Bovine Lovers of America (BLOA) — a very well organized and vocal minority in the community — caught wind of the farmer's plan and rallied 20 villagers to publicly protest the selling of the cows. "Cows are wonderful animals and the children love them, " they cried. "Sell some of your chickens or pigs, but leave the cows alone!" BLOA members wrote guest editorials in the paper and made a big stink about how the cows should be left alone for the children's' sake. "Without the cows how will our children learn where milk comes from?!?" The farmer was told he must figure out another way to feed the animals.

The farmer thought some more, but in the end gave in to the BLOA group. He couldn't sell any of the chickens or pigs because he needed them to produce the eggs and pork for the community. All that was left were the dogs.  Therefore he reduced the guard dogs by half from 10 to five. This gave him the money he needed to feed the animals, but put at the same time put the animals at risk. After six months his chicken and pigs were reduced by half. Three months later the farm failed and so did the community because there was no food to go around. 

The morale of the story is, "Sacred cows saved is often a community lost."

7 Comments

  1. Jennifer Turner ~ Jan. 17, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    The farmer knew he needed 10 dogs. How many does our community need? That seems to be the question of the day. #
  2. B. Franklin ~ Jan. 17, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    Hi Jennifer - That's a good question. But the question to be answered first is how many cows do we need? And of course the answer is none. We don't need cows. We want cows, but we don't need them. We need guard dogs. How many? Again good question. Many say one jail pod is not enough, two are needed at a minimum. If that's true, then we should do everything possible to make sure that need is met first before for we talk about how many cows we want. #
  3. Tom Mallams ~ Jan. 19, 2012 @ 1:10 am

    Farmer Al always wanted a nice shop for his vehicles,he really didn't need one, problem was, the money he used to build the shop, really wasn't his money at all. And to add insult to injury, the new fancy shop didn't work at all like it was supposed to and it cost a lot more than he said it would. I guess farmer Al should have put some of his pigs and chickens in his shop instead of his vehicles. At least then the over worked five remaining guard dogs could have protected the few remaining animals a little easier. But alas,farmer Al never did plan ahead like he had promised he would. He also forgot there was a "wandering" wolf in the neighborhood that was looking for some easy pickens. I guess we all have to decide if there should be any sacred cows in our community, especially with the presence of a wandering wolf. #
  4. Tom Mallams ~ Jan. 19, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Needs verses wants,will always create a dilemma for some. The short sided farmer will be swayed by the desirous wants. The fiscal, responsible farmer will chose the needs over wants. The fiscal responsible farmer will always be vigilant in watching out for the "wolf in sheeps clothing", and there are a few of them out there. #
  5. A.J Bell ~ Jan. 20, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Hi Tom I have a quick questions. In the story wasn't the money spent by the farmer his? When did farmer Al promise to plan ahead.? Did he also really forget about the wolf? You seem to be bring your own imaginations to the story! Come to the adult center and we'll give you some meat and cheese for your car keys. I know you wouldn't want to be desirous, only needy! AJ #
  6. Finnious T Fogbottom ~ Jan. 20, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Oh the irony, I was working on a song today in the back of my mind as I went about taking care of that which I am responsible for. Part of the lyrics are: What you need can change your direction What you want can cloud your mind What you love can turn your need around But what you trust will control your life Yep, irony, when we exercise our right to get stupid the market corrects and replaces us, that is as long as we are allowed to operate in a market economy - which unfortucommunisticly we are not. No, I don’t trust NGO ho’s because what they love is usually everything that will control and destroy us individually and collectively. Then there is the KBRA related song which is done. It starts out with: Sweet Jesus, oh sweet Jesus Looks like something evil’s going on… And ends with: Sweet Jesus, oh sweet Jesus Looks like the Green Devil has taken control Oh God help us… (The alternate ending is: K B R A) Then there is that other related one that talks about attacking, spending, breaking the Heart of the Land, and missing America etc. Ya gota love it and it’s a good form of catharsis, and the need for such seems to be never ending. Still loose after all these yearz, Finnious #
  7. Finnious T. Fogbottom ~ Jan. 24, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    I think I now need to offer a separate comment on the concept of Community Farms/Ag. That goes to the heart of an associated issue: Who’s farm is it anyway? Some in the USDA and other Maoist Marxist like etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. others would just flat like the farm to be the people’s farm. That could just be what CSA’s are really all about. That’s whey some of us refer to hippie foodsy Saturday gatherings as Saturday Marxists. Take a look for yourself: http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/at93-02.shtml or search; 1993 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) An Annotated Bibliography and Resource Guide: “Since our existence is primarily dependent on farming, we cannot entrust this essential activity solely to the farming population-- just 2% of Americans…the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm…” Really? Don't they really mean; we must not trust evil capitalists? These things, like National Unity Governments have a way of sneaking in (all over the globe currently) and wreaking havoc while most enthusiastically cheer their nice sounding doom ridden arrival. Oh yes, we now have just tons of GO and NGO environmental, scientwistic and watershed centered groups, councils and stakeholders in place and just waiting to spring into action on some big problem driven by something like the collapse of our currency etc. And all of that without the inconvenience of voter input. Best paranoid regards, Finnious In the end who’s farm will it be? #

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