The Scorpion and the Turtle

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A turtle was happily swimming along a river when a scorpion hailed it from the shore.

The scorpion, being a very poor swimmer, asked the turtle to carry him on his back across the river. “Are you mad?” exclaimed the turtle. “You’ll sting me while I’m swimming and I’ll drown.”

“My dear turtle,” laughed the scorpion, “if I were to sting you, you would drown and I would go down with you, and drown as well. Now where is the logic in that?”

The turtle thought this over, and saw the logic of the scorpion’s statement. “You’re right!” cried the turtle. “Hop on!” The scorpion climbed aboard and halfway across the river the scorpion gave the turtle a mighty sting. As they both sank to the bottom, the turtle asked:

“You said there’d be no logic in your stinging me. Why did you do it?”

“It has nothing to do with logic,” the drowning scorpion sadly replied. “It’s just my nature.”

33 thoughts on “The Scorpion and the Turtle

  1. This made me think about “cheaters”… where’s the logic in that?
    They say “I didn’t mean to hurt you… it just happened, I can’t control it”… boo hoo
    Sorry… am I being a party pooper? just bitter… 😦

    Thanks for sharing, Danny… it’s a good story.

    ❤ BP

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  2. I felt that it is just a reminder to us that old habits die hard. No matter how we may perceived that person has changed or we would not get hurt by them, if they have done it countless of times, we will still get hurt in the end. Thanks for the great post. Much love.

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