The Frog and The Scorpion The story of The Frog and The Scorpion and how it applies to living a more secure life. Perhaps you've heard this before, but I thought I would post this reminder...it comes in many versions but I like this one.... A frog was hopping along in the forest, heading home to her family, when all of a sudden she came upon a small river. Now, the frog, being a great swimmer as frogs are, was about to leap into the river in order to cross it - when she heard a voice: "Is there any chance, kind lady, that you can help me across this river? For I cannot swim." The frog turned toward the direction of the voice, and was startled to see a scorpion moving toward her on the river bank. Now, everyone knows the history of scorpions - they sting and have a deadly poison. So the frog was understandably a bit frightened, and trembled as she asked the scorpion: "If I help you across the river, will you promise not to sting me? You see, I am on the way home to my family and they would miss me terribly." The scorpion answered: "Kind lady, I understand your concern, but I too am on the way home to my family, and if I sting you, we would both drown, and who wants that? Besides, contrary to what you may have heard, I only sting for self defense - like if a fox should try to eat me. Please do me this great favor - I would be so grateful!" The frog considered the scorpion's words, which didn't seem like the words of a killer. She thought to herself: "I mean no harm to the scorpion, why should he sting me? If he stings me, we will both drown, and he must value life as much as I. If I help him, he will be my friend - because he knows that I am a nice frog. As my friend, the scorpion would surely tell all the other scorpions that I am a friend, and that they too should never sting me! And they wouldn't sting my frog family or my frog friends either! And we frogs would be more than happy to help all scorpions cross the rivers! And maybe all the scorpions would help protect all the frogs and other small creatures from the truly dangerous creatures of the world!" By this time, the frog was so excited about helping the scorpion that she didn't want to even start thinking of reasons not to help. Besides the danger was too scary to think about - compared to the wonderful future that awaits the frogs and other small creatures of the forest with this new era of cooperation. "It will truly be a paradise.", she thought. So the frog crouched down and let the scorpion jump onto her back. She then hopped into the river with the scorpion on her back and began swimming - and she swam beautifully, as frogs do. But when they got to the middle of the river she felt something painful in her side. "Ouch!" said the frog, "What was that???" "I just stung you.", said the scorpion. The frog began to feel the poison take effect. It became harder for her to move, harder to swim. She thought about the paradise of universalistic brotherhood that could have been, and she cried out to the scorpion: "Why did you do that?! Now we will both drown - we could have been friends! Perhaps you can save yourself; swim to the other side!" But it was too late, and scorpions can't swim. As they began to sink, the scorpion answered: "I am not like you; we don't care about dying or making friends. We lie and sting. It is our nature, didn't you know that?" The frog and the scorpion sank fast to the bottom of the river, and the frog thought about the scorpion's question. "Yes.", thought the frog, still puzzled that frogs and scorpions should think and act differently, after all, they are both small creatures of the world, right? The frog, for a brief moment starting thinking things like… "Did I say or do something to anger him...?!" Maybe he had a troubled childhood? Maybe society has been mean to him? Perhaps he got stressed out for some reason? Then…just before dying, the frog realized the answer to the scorpion’s question. Yes…the frog should have known that scorpions lie and sting. That’s their nature, that’s who they are, that’s what they are expected to do. They are expected to lie, sting and kill. After all….they’re scorpions and they don’t change. A very important survival skill is the ability to recognize scorpions in all their forms, both in the flesh and figuratively. Through awareness of the intrinsic nature of things, you can see beyond the surface and increase your chances of living to see another day. Let me suggest that you constantly be aware of the people around you and what’s going on. Not to be cynical…but let’s dwell in reality and not dwell in how we think things should be. People don’t usually change dramatically. If they have a nature of violence, they usually stay that way. A person’s nature usually doesn’t change.