May 10, 2004

Our Better Natures

Watching the hatred pour from every corner of the globe as well as from our political opposition, it is hard not to be discouraged. I ask myself why Americans take great risks aiding others when our motives are questioned and efforts denigrated by those who do nothing? This Hindu Mondo came to mind:

Once a yogi, sitting on the banks of the Ganges, saw a scorpion fall into the water. He scooped it out, only to be bitten by the scorpion. It happened, again and again, with the same result. A bystander asked the yogi: "Why do you keep rescuing that scorpion, only to have it bite you?"

"It is the nature of the scorpion to bite," replied the yogi. "And it is the nature of yogis to help others when they can."

Because we can. Posted by feste at May 10, 2004 03:59 PM | TrackBack

Feste, that's beautiful.

Thank you.


Posted by: jaspar at May 10, 2004 08:07 PM

Obviously the nature of that particular scorpion was to fall into the water and drown. Yogi should not interfere with the natural order of things...

Moral: you cannot help those who do not want or beleive they need it.

Posted by: Vigilance Matters at May 11, 2004 07:03 AM

Vigilance: Falling into the water is fate, not nature. Is the parable a test of the scorpion or the Yogi?

Posted by: feste at May 11, 2004 08:17 AM

> Is the parable a test
> of the scorpion or the Yogi?

Neither. It was the water being


Posted by: jaspar at May 11, 2004 08:17 PM

LOL! Here's where we get into "turtles all the way down" territory. ;-)

Posted by: feste at May 12, 2004 08:07 AM
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