The Frog & The Scorpion  

no_strings_grrl 44F
270 posts
5/30/2005 5:25 am

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The Frog & The Scorpion

One day a frog was sitting on the riverbank, catching flies and sunning himself. Suddenly the frog noticed a scorpion coming down the way and he decided to jump into the river, out of the scorpion's reach.

Before he could swim away, the scorpion called out, "Hey, don't run away! I really need to cross this river. I was just going to ask you if you'd let me ride on your back as you swim across."

The frog said, "No way. You're a'll sting me."

"No I won't," the scorpion said. "I promise."

The frog thought for a moment, and said, "OK. As long as you promise not to sting me." And with that, the scorpion climbed upon the frog's back and they made their way across the river to the other side. They reached the bank and the frog steadied himself while the scorpion disembarked. Just as the frog turned to leave, the scorpion reached out and grabbed him with his huge claws, stung him, and prepared to eat him for dinner.

"What are you doing? I don't understand... You promised you wouldn't sting me!" the frog cried out.

"I'm a scorpion. Its what I do."


Sometimes, when the dust settles and you look back, you have to be honest and say to yourself:

"Why didn't I see that coming?"

I wonder sometimes if I will always weave these elaborate illusions around myself...creating unrealistic expectations...and ensuring inevitable failure. I wonder if I'll ever learn.

Goodnight my scorpion. I love you anyway.

purejoy4fem 46F/44F
682 posts
5/30/2005 9:55 am

The way I heard it, while the frog was debating whether or not to take him accross, he pointed out that if the scorpion stung him, the scorpion would drown. In the version I heard, the scorpion stung the frog half-way accross. When the frog asked, "why, you will surely die also?" The scorpion stated, "It's in my nature." The moral being, people cannot change their nature.

smileguyqc 53M

5/30/2005 11:15 am

Interesting... why do we do it? Was it worth it?

lustmirror 63M
2897 posts
5/30/2005 2:03 pm

...I've always loved this anecdote. I first saw it in a book, called "Travelling with Dr. K" ( Kissinger )or something like that, and at the end, the punch line was..."hey, it's the Middle East". ( of course, the joke was SET in the Middle East, and so, the punch line worked...
...nothin' like tellin' a joke backwards to have too much silence on your hands...

Ecaffine 52F

5/30/2005 2:36 pm

thats pretty good and so true..

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

5/30/2005 2:51 pm

Excellent post have pondered this story as well. People must be who they are. Which is both good and bad. Bad because a is a , a thief is a thief. How ever a kind hearted person will do what a kind hearted person does.

THanks for the post, have an excellent week

no_strings_grrl 44F

5/31/2005 3:40 am

Thank you purejoy4fem - you are correct. (You know, 11 beers and 5 shots of tequila tends to make things a bit foggy.) The correct version - where the scorpion ensures his own demise as well - is MUCH more applicable, especially in my situation.

Why do we do it? Arrogance.

Had a friend been in my shoes and asked me what to do in this situation when it all began, I would have given VERY different advice from the course of action I chose. Advice like: "Run! Run away as fast as you can you stupid little twit! What the fuck are you thinking?" But of course, I am invincible and possess qualities and skills that most mere mortals do not.

Was it worth it? Not sure yet.

I'm still digging myself out of this one. Stay tuned.

Big4inches 55M

5/31/2005 10:55 am

Well, that is an exciting story. Let's get together and talk about it some more.

no_strings_grrl 44F

5/31/2005 9:14 pm

Let me just say that I certainly do like your nature SexTitten.


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