Posted: December 11, 2008 in Love
How does the fox survive?  In the parable, he doesn’t.  That’s unacceptable for me though.  This cautionary tale which may or may not be Chinese in origin is getting a rewrite.

Fox was travelling through the forest when it came to a river.  The
water was deep with runoff, but Fox was a strong swimmer.  As he went
to put his paw in, he heard a voice.  Looking down, he saw a scorpion.
“Hello,” said the scorpion.  “Would you please carry me across this
river?  It is too deep for me to cross.”
“I cannot help you,” said Fox.  “You would sting me and I would die.”
would do no such thing.  I could not cross the river on my own, and I
would be riding on you.  My life would be in your hands,” replied the
Fox thought to himself for a moment.  He had met a hammer earlier.  The hammer had described the world to Fox, and all the world was a nail.  Fox thought again.  His vision blurred, then cleared again.  The scorpion was waiting patiently.  Fox saw clearly: He was a predator, and all the world was prey.  The scorpion didn’t look particularly tasty, so Fox ignored it and jumped into the river and swam across.

  1. Roberta says:

    Ignoring it? Walking away from it? … come on… you have a better imagination than that!

  2. Justin says:

    You’re right… The superior predator eats the damn thing in a bloody mess. Not everyone needs to be destroyed though.

  3. Roberta says:

    The fox can resolve the problem by finding a bowl shaped piece of wood. The fox can push the scorpion in its canoe across the river and deposit the scorpion safely on the other side without getting himself killed. The problem is actually not the inherent nature of either the fox or the scorpion, but the proximity in which they find themselves in. The only reason "no good deed goes unpunished" is because the fox can not see past the accolades of his own actions. Failing to recognize the danger of performing a self-ish act, the fox deserves killing because the scorpion remains true to his nature. Never talk to strangers….. Love Mom (using Bertie’s login 🙂

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