The Frog And The Scorpion
You know the story of the frog and the scorpion, right?
There’s this frog and a scorpion on one side of a river, which is rising rapidly.
They both have to get to the other side to safety, or else they’ll drown.
The frog jumps in the water and starts to swim, but the scorpion asks him to stop.
The scorpion asks for a ride, but the frog protests that he’ll sting him.
The scorpion promises that he won’t. The frog believes him, so the scorpion climbs on.
They get halfway across the river, the scorpion starts to sting him. The frog asks why. It’s my nature, says the scorpion, right before they both drown.
Now, the money question. What’s the moral of this story? There are many to choose from.
One is that evil people will do evil things even if they promise they won’t. People that hold to this say you can’t trust anybody.
Another is that you can’t act contrary to your nature. Even if you try.
If you’re a scorpion, you sting people. That’s what you do. Even if it will end up killing you.
What about humans, what is our nature?
When talking about human nature, there’s two ways to look at it.
One is to listen to religious leaders, politicians, marketers, gurus, etc. They’ll all tell us what we SHOULD do. (Which, most of the time, we DON’T).
Another is to simply look back across human history to see what we HAVE been doing.
It seems that human nature is wide. There’s a lot of stuff that we do, do well, and have been doing since we started living in large societies.
War is certainly one of them. War, however, tends to destroy stuff. If war truly WAS our strongest nature, there wouldn’t be anything left.
But since there’s TONS of stuff, it seems there’s something we’re BETTER at than killing each other and blowing stuff up.
Building. Creating. Inventing.
Despite all the wars that have been raging since the dawn of time, there’s been an even BIGGER drive to create more stuff. Wealth. Ideas. Products. Services.
Look at how much stuff we’ve got now compared to only ten years ago.
Sure, there are good times and bad. But regardless of what horrible things we do to each other, the net wealth of society is ALWAYS going up.
So, what is the nature of humans? Many. But the strongest one is creation.
Humans are creators.
What would you like to create?