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The scorpion and the frog

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 September 2017, 6.01am

You will probably know the story of the scorpion and the frog.

The scorpion needs a ride across the water, and he tells the frog that if he provides the ride, he won’t sting him.

The frog knows that if the scorpion does sting him, the scorpion will drown…so he gives him the ride.

Half way across the water, and against all reason, the scorpion does sting the frog.

As it’s dying, the frog cries out, ‘Why did you do it? Now you’ll die too!’

And the scorpion, now drowning, says simply: ‘It’s my nature, it’s what I do.’

Against all reason, we do what we do, again and again, small drownings on the way.

Though sometimes, I have known this, the habitual dissolves – a miracle! – and we have no need to sting either ourselves or the frog.

No need at all.

For beyond what we do and our remorseless nature, is the yielding to the clean air of mercy, breathed deep and well, deep and well… a truer state, more
fundamental to the universe, beyond our crooked corkscrew gaze.

We note our drowning with a weary smile.

And yield, just for a moment, to a bigger better air.

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