A while back a friend posted this fable on facebook. I thought about this fable a lot asking myself “What does this really mean?” I would like to share it.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scorpion_and_the_Frog
The Scorpion and the Frog is an animal fable about a scorpion asking a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is afraid of being stung during the trip, but the scorpion argues that if it stung the frog, the frog would sink and the scorpion would drown. The frog agrees and begins carrying the scorpion, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When asked why, the scorpion points out that this is its nature.
The fable is used to illustrate the position that the natural behavior of some creatures is inevitable, no matter how they are treated and no matter what the consequences.
It is also used to illustrate that a person (frog) is to blame for the trouble they are in if it was caused by associating with another (scorpion) they know to be no good.
Questions: Please share your thoughts in the comments.
What does this parable mean to you?
- Do you believe the natural behavior of some creatures (people) is inevitable?
- Do you think a person (frog) is to blame for the trouble of another (scorpion) through their association?
- Do you believe a person (scorpion) can change if they really want it?
- Do you think the person (scorpion) just used his nature as an excuse to be mean or bad?