At the same time, I love stories that involve how things came to be. As a child I remember loving Just So Stories by Kipling and others in that same style - the ones that had fables of how the camel got his hump or why the elephant has a trunk and the giraffe a long neck. I think The Ear of Corn story fits in with these types of origin tales. The story relates how corn used to grow with multiple ears on a single stalk. Because mankind didn't appreciate the plentiful nature of corn, God removed the crop and only returned it to it's single ear per stalk form after hearing cries from the people.
I really like the quote from this story that says,
"Men however are so made, that when they are too well off they no longer value the blessings which come from God, but grow indifferent and careless."
I think this is an interesting reminder about living life with a spirit of gratitude. Often times on or around Thanksgiving and Christmas people talk about how blessed they are to have things like family, shelter, food, jobs, clothing, and other things that they otherwise take for granted. I certainly won't speak out against this notice of life's everyday blessings, but why not make it a point to appreciate them every day, all year long? Similarly, around the holidays people often take the time to recognize those less fortunate and give more to charity, participate in service projects, and make an effort to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and heal the sick. Why not take these same steps to help others in January, April, and August? I think this story makes a good point - that holds true today - about how we recognize blessings most when times are leanest. I'm glad that we have a holiday in the US that's devoted to giving thanks, but I also wish that more people (regardless of religious or nonreligious affiliation) would take the opportunity to do so on a daily basis.
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