The Scorpion & the Frog (and what it means for Greece)

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Greece

Tortoise & Scorpion, Mīrzā Raḥīm, 1847

Crossing the forest a Scorpion found himself unable to cross fast flowing river. Frustrated, he began to walk upstream. After a short while, he came upon a Frog. As he raised his forked tail and prepared to sting, the Frog cried out “Please, don’t sting me! I’ll do anything.”

“Then, carry me across the river and I will spare your life.” the Scorpion replied.

The Frog, afraid of having a dangerous scorpion on his back, thought for a moment, ‘If he stings me while we cross, I will die from the poison and the Scorpion will drown.’ So he readily agreed to the bargain.

The Scorpion climbed on the Frog’s back and they started to make their way across the river. At the half-way point, the Frog felt a sharp pain in his back, and as he felt the poison course through his body and paralyze his muscles, he desperately asked the Scorpion “Why did you sting me? Now both of us will die.”

The Scorpion replied, “Because it’s my nature.”

The lesson for Greece: The Frog is future prosperity; the Scorpion is corruption and greed.

[music: Requiem – Mozart]

  1. tortoise or frog?? 🙂

  2. justgeorgios says:

    The frog can be whatever you want to sting.

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