The Frog and the Scorpion

Don’t Ever, Never, Trust The Scorpion

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 ]


  1. So, you are lumping Sociopaths with Psychopaths…as the same thing?

    I do not think they are. I do not think the behaviors are ubiquitous, either.

    Society is everyone in general, no one in particular, and definitely not one’s self. Society does not have rights, only individuals do. I do not care what Society thinks…I only care about the thoughts of individuals…and, then,…only if I happen to care about those individuals.

    I am profoundly Anti-Social and always have found the Collective to be, like Society, a political fantasy, used mostly to stifle the Individual.

    1. Ision,

      I wrote above, “For the purpose of this article, I’m not too deliberate about the differences between Sociopaths and Psychopaths.”

      Yes, I am lumping them together, for the general purpose of the article topic.

      And as I also said, “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.”

      Certainly there are far more sociopaths among us than psychopaths.

      Given the many varieties of scorpions, one might say that the the deadliest scorpion in North America known as the Bark Scorpion, may be analogous to the psychopath. Whereas lesser varieties, the sociopath? See what I mean? They all sting. They all could probably kill you…

  2. Follow the $$$$$$ in the path to power and Power in its self is an aphrodisiac thus altering a persons personality who might have been decent in another point in their life.
    I understand the scorpion very well……………..

    1. Haha… possibly, yes. I could toss a lot of names out there, but I will refrain.

  3. ken,
    a great article !
    it reminds me of the Hindi story of the Tiger the Brahmin and the Jackal. it’s the tigers nature.
    it’s one of my favorites along with the Aesop’s fables.

    1. Yes, there are other similar stories/fables. When one truly grasps and understands the meaning (“It’s my nature” said the scorpion), it becomes easier to understand a lot of the “why” is “it” happening – especially as it relates to certain current events out there right now. So many people just cannot accept that these scorpions are killing them, or will kill them, without issue whatsoever.

      1. Ken J.
        yes, and the will scorpions sink their own boat as well in the process. the boat is taking on water now.
        if we sink or swim will be decided in Nov. if it doesn’t go under before then.
        good luck all, and remember the tale of the grasshopper and the ant.

  4. Good piece Ken, personally i dont see much difference between one definition or another, both are detrimental to normal folks like most o us,,,

  5. Ken, this is such a good post! I’ve had the experience of interacting with some extreme examples of that personality type, and the list of qualities you show is very accurate. For the longest time, it was hard for me to understand that everyone isn’t wired with the same ability to empathize with or show compassion for others, or even that some people actually take satisfaction in others’ suffering. To me, that’s the difference between a soc. and a psych. – both are lacking in real empathy, though the soc can feel shame (avoidance of that is what seems to drive them), but the psychopath actually derives enjoyment from the power of being able to hurt or manipulate others. I’ve seen both, and think they’re equally dangerous to one’s survival, especially now.

  6. Kulafarmer,

    “normal folks like most o us,,,” ?

    Like I tell folks…we like to think we are normal…but we just might be crazy as bessie bugs and just too dumb to realize it….

  7. Dennis,
    LOL,,, bessie bugs, you may be just right.
    some time ago a acquaintance said that only really smart people get alzheimer’s.
    my response was that if a really stupid person got it, could you tell ? HEY, GOMER, GET OUTA THE ROAD! : )
    –we are ALL psychopaths and sociopaths to some extent. it is part of our inherited survival instinct’s i believe.
    it’s our nature.
    it’s just more pronounced in some than others.

  8. Anyone taking bets?

    The Dems have the President, the House and the Senate by default of Toes up Harris being the deciding vote in a tie. The have ALL the CIA, DOJ, FBI, and all the other agencies, Plus they have the MSM, Big Tech, Wall Street, WHO, NIH, World Bankers.

    Come Nov? There is no f—– way they are giving up this much power. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING is off the table, not even Nuclear war! Right now, they are doing anything they want, to hell with laws, the Constitution, and anyone or anything that gets in their way.

    Who you gonna call for law and order? Ghost Busters? It is in the open they are coming for us “Domestic Terrorists/White Supremacists”. What’ca gonna do when they come for YOU.

    I’m preparing for the worst, PRAYING for the best. It’s in Heavenly Fathers hand now.

  9. Stand,

    I’m not making bets on what may happen…only battening down thew hatches on what I know has been set in motion and is irreversible…planned, intentional, or just pure stupidity…

    Inflation is about to rob about 1/2 the population’s savings…it is the tax that keeps on taking.

    D.C. is acknowledging 6% for food…anyone with a brain knows 15-20% is closer to reality…and no signs of slowing down.

    Folks on fixed incomes who were spending maybe 25% of that income on food, may well be spending half or more before the year is out. Choices will have to be made….tough choices.


    1. Dennis
      I keep all my food receipts. Over all increases in the last 60 days is 37% average. Some items have doubles. nothing has gone down, plenty out of stock though.
      Fuel here just hit 4$ for gas and diesel. $3 for propane, and unless you have the new tanks,,, no get fill up, no exceptions. State came down hard on locals for filling all tanks, big fines.
      I thank my Heavenly Father every night, He gave me the fore sight to prep as much as I did. I still will help those who can’t help themselves.

      I have said before, there comes a time, looks to me we are all gonna have to make very hard choices.

  10. Get used to telling people: “No”. Be prepared for the reaction that could be bad. watch the hands and never turn your back on them.

    I am not a psychologist or criminal profiler. These are some of the lessons I learned from 6 years of police work prior to working in jails, prisons and psych wards.

    I am not the most chatty of neighbors in my small town. Dealing with a steady diet of these folks has changed me over the years. I’m not very friendly or outgoing among people I do not know.

    1. Thats why most LEOs in any populated areas are not generally too terribly friendly

  11. A drunken truck driver killed my wife and daughter–the Scorpion
    I will never forget getting arrested alongside Nelson Mandela–the Scorpion
    I was arrested for marching for civil rights–the Scorpion
    The southern border is more secure now than ever before–the Scorpion
    There is no evidence of election fraud–the Scorpion
    January 6th was an armed and deadly insurrection–the Scorpion
    The vaccinations are both safe and effective–the Scorpion

    Tell me one lie, I will never trust you completely…Lie to me over and over, I will always distrust you completely–Dennis

    1. Spot on D,
      We have been lied to for so long most people dont know the difference any more

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