Have you heard the fable of the frog and the scorpion? Do you remember its lesson to never trust the scorpion? I will remind you again today. Why? Because it’s imperative to survival. And this is a survival blog, after all…
(Filed under Systemic Risks because it is systemic among us.)
The Scorpion And The Frog Fable
One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river.
The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion stopped to reconsider the situation. He couldn’t see any way across. So he ran upriver and then checked downriver, all the while thinking that he might have to turn back.
Suddenly, he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the bank of the stream on the other side of the river. He decided to ask the frog for help getting across the stream.
“Hellooo Mr. Frog!” called the scorpion across the water,
“Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?”
The scorpion tells the frog he is an excellent swimmer with a wide back that can easily carry him across.
The frog asked hesitantly,
“Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you won’t try to sting and kill me?”
“Because,” the scorpion replied, “If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!”
Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. “What about when I get close to the bank on my way over to get you? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!”
“This is true,” agreed the scorpion, “But then I wouldn’t be able to get to the other side of the river!”
Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked, “Alright then…how do I know you won’t just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?” said the frog.
“Ahh…,” crooned the scorpion, “Because you see, once you’ve taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!”
The frog is still unsure and asks the scorpion more questions. The scorpion always seems to have a logical answer.
So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger. The scorpion crawled onto the frog’s back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog’s soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.
Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back.
And, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog’s back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.
“You fool!” croaked the frog, “Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?”
The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog’s back.
“I could not help myself. It is my nature.”
Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.
Self destruction – “It’s my Nature”, said the Scorpion…
Scorpion – Psychopath – Sociopath
For the purpose of this article, I’m not too deliberate about the differences between Sociopaths and Psychopaths. While psychopaths are classified as people with little or no conscience (a sense of right or wrong), sociopaths do have some ability to feel remorse. That said, both sociopaths and psychopaths have a persistent pattern of disregard for the safety and rights of others. You might say they’re the scorpion among us.
Gullible people. They do not realize the stone cold truth about the scorpion. The psychopath. That they are among us, and their self destructive nature. Many of them tend to rise in power. Government is no exception. You might agree that many are embedded within all halls thereof. Here are a few historical names you might recognize…
Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Khomeini, Castro, Napoleon, Hussein, Kim Jong-Il, Gaddafi, Mao, Marx, Lenin.
Survival Lessons from the Frog and the Scorpion
Never Trust or Follow the Scorpion – Psychopath – Sociopath
The fable has many interpretations. Though an underlying theme is to never trust the scorpion. Ever. Why? Because they are self destructive and will take you down with them – without issue whatsoever.
Traits of the Scorpion – Psychopath – Sociopath
A survival lesson here is to recognize the traits. This may help you identify the scorpions among you, or governing you. A major problem is this… Many (most?) people cannot wrap their heads around the reality. They’re too gullible. Easily taken advantage of. In essence, useful idiots for the scorpion psychopaths.
They have a ‘silver tongue’. A convincing and eloquent expression. They have a unique ability to fool others with their twisted lies.
Unconcern for the feelings of others.
Incapacity to experience guilt.
Incapable of love and entirely self-serving.
Lack of remorse.
Sociopaths never apologize. ‘They are never wrong’.
Deceitful, as indicated by repeated lying.
Very low tolerance to frustration, a low threshold for discharge of aggression.
Markedly prone to blame others or to offer plausible rationalization for the conflicting behavior.
A sociopath is a master of deception, influence, and sounding believable – regardless of the real facts and reality.
Sociopaths are charming and charismatic, spontaneous.
Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships, though having no difficulty in establishing them.
Attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms, and obligations.
A ‘high functioning’ sociopath (highly intelligent) are meticulous planners, and their lack of empathy, lack of remorse, deceptiveness, shallow emotions, etc. makes it very difficult for “normal” people to compete with them.
A sociopath essentially has no soul.
How Many People Are Sociopaths
You may think that scorpions – psychopaths – sociopaths are violent criminals. However, you may be very surprised to discover that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people (one in twenty-five) are secretly sociopaths – according to a Harvard psychologist who wrote The Sociopath Next Door (book on amzn).
The author goes on to say that the sociopaths chief symptom is that the person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.
And when asked if politicians are more likely to be psychopaths,
Yes, politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this… That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to swallow — but it does explain a great many things, shamelessly deceitful political behavior being one.
A high percentage of ordinary people from all walks of life are gullible, while buying into the false narratives and falling for the illusion of the delusional sociopath who spins their convincing web of lies.
This is so exceedingly relevant with today’s current events. We are being led to ruin by self destructive scorpions who have convinced much of society that its for their own good (to do as they say).
Please, recognize the scorpion and what they’re doing to you, us.
[ Read: Are You An Ant Or A Grasshopper? ]
[ Read: How to Recognize Bad People ]