Sunday, May 19, 2024

The Scorpion and the Frog

"A scorpion wants to cross a river but cannot swim, so it asks a frog to carry it across. 

The frog hesitates, afraid that the scorpion might sting it, but the scorpion promises not to, pointing out that it would drown if it killed the frog in the middle of the river. 

The frog considers this argument sensible and agrees to transport the scorpion. 

Midway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog anyway, dooming them both. 

The dying frog asks the scorpion why it stung despite knowing the consequence, to which the scorpion replies: "I am sorry, but I couldn't resist the urge. It's my character.

This Scorpion and the Frog fable teaches that vicious people cannot resist hurting others even when it is not in their own interests."

What the fable also teaches is that there are real life and death consequences in foolishly trusting the wrong person, especially if that person's character is vicious, dishonorable, indecent and self-serving in greed and power trips.

This type of person will sting viciously, ruthlessly, without care or regard, anyone standing in the way of his selfish interests and insatiable greed and power trips.

And that consequences will be played out by the selfish motivations within the character or nature of the scorpion-person.  

What the frog believes to be true does not matter in the consequences driven by the scorpion once the frog gives into the scorpion's ploy.

The real world consequences will occur regardless of the frog's or the scorpion beliefs in lies and grandiose ploys.

The lies, intentional false statements, made up by the Scorpion are untruths not based in reality.

The consequences, intentional or unintentional, are real life realities with real life and death pain, suffering and tragedies.

If we give into the scorpions of the world then the consequence is doom for all.

How do we know if a person is a scorpion?  

We discern and judge his character by his actions, motivations and the consequence of his ploys and schemes; and not his words or his veneer of supposed genius and greatness.

We need to shine sunlight unto the lies, fact check and check any abuse of power in corruption, in stings to not fall victim to his selfish ploys and natural instincts to harm those in the way of his grandiose ploys and schemes of abusive and autocratic power.

Frogs siding with the scorpion is asking and risking for doom.

Because the promise in lies does not consider the consequences of the realities in truth.

The truth is that we are at the Rubicon of  prosperity or bankruptcy, salvation or doom.

Let this fable of the scorpion and frog be a warning tale of caution. 

We need to choose a leader who cares about people and someone other than himself.

Choose a leader of  good character with a history of good deeds and wonderful achievements, and not a vicious leader with poor judgements, selfish interest motivated by insatiable power trips, a sellout, a Judas with dubious ploys and schemes and crimes against humanity.

The survival of humanity and democracy depends on your ability to choose wisely and see past the ploys that might do you or your family harm.  

Even if the scorpion had no at first intention harm the frog, he can never resist his true  vicious nature.

*Paraphrased from a number of sources, including The Hunter of the Pamirs and Mr. Arkadin. Sometimes the word "nature" is used in lieu of "character".  Stated from-

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