The Scorpion and the Turtle (Short inspirational stories)

A scorpion, being a very poor swimmer, asked a turtle to carry him on

his back across a 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. Now where is the logic in that?”

“You’re right?” cried the turtle. “Hop on!” The scorpion climbed aboard and halfway across the river gave the turtle a mighty sting. As they both sank to the bottom, the turtle resignedly said:

“Do you mind if I ask you something? 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 in my nature.”

In the last trembling moments of the turtle’s existence, its life starts to play back like a movie in fast-forward. As the movie reaches its last frame,  it  freezes  on  the  old  adage  “to  try  is  to  fail  –  not  to  try  is  to surrender” as the river swallows both of them in an inevitable act of nature and the soul of the turtle rejoins its creator.

Comments:  –  This  story  reflects  the  destructive  behaviour  of living  beings  and  illustrates  how  certain  qualities  can  be  very hard to change, if not impossible. Thus, if we are to succeed in life, we firstly must get to know ourselves – and be honest about our inclinations, preferences, and limitations. And, secondly, in working  towards  our  goals  should  be  considerate  not  hinder others in theirs.


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