Jon Stewart self deprecation on playing nice with scorpionson January 13, 2011 at 7:39 am
|The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon||– Thurs 11p / 10cBattle|
|of the Bans|
About time Stewart added a bit of humor and self deprecation to his call for toning down the rhetoric for a more civil society. Though he did fail to mention that 60% of Americans disagree that angry rhetoric had anything to do with the Giffords Assassination. Broken down that was 70% of Republicans, 56% of Independents and 49% of Democrats.
Other than Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin and Michael Savage and Sarah Paling and I am tired typing that endless list of names there will be some new civility at play for a while, my guess is it will all be over after the State of the Union speech. The reason this can never work was expressed many centuries ago with an American Tribal Indian story.
The Frog and The Scorpion (American Indian Tale)
One day a frog was sitting by the bank of the river enjoying the warm sun and cool breeze. It so happened that a scorpion approached him rather quickly as to inquire about crossing the river. "Frog", said the scorpion, "I am in need of passage across the river upon your back. I am prepared to pay you with this mealworm that I have not eaten."
The frog thought about it for a moment, then replied "Scorpion, I know that if I grant you a ride across the river upon my back, you will poison me on the other side. For that alone I shall say ‘no thanks’."
"Frog", again said the scorpion, "Please, I have no wish to harm you, I promise. I just need to go across the river to find more food. There is nothing left on this side for me to eat."
The frog thought about it again for a moment and then agreed to help the scorpion get across the river.
Half way across, the frog felt a rather sharp, stinging sensation in his back. The scorpion had stuck him with his venom. "SCORPION!", cried the frog, "You have killed me and you as well. Why have you done this?"
"Because I am a scorpion…and that is my nature."