this is an extract from a book called “the winner stands alone” by Paulo coelo. now lets not get into the discussion whether the book was good or bad as a single entity. but i loved this single passage that spoke about a frog’s story. that exactly reflected the kind of life we are living thanks to the small and insignificant changes. anyway lets get into the story.
so there was this frog that was once captured by a person who intended on cooking it. so he put the frog into a pot of cold water. the frog was as comfortable in the new environment as it was in its home, the pond. so it never tried to jump out or escape in any way. the person kept the pot over a stove and so the temperature of the water slowly started increasing but not in a large scale. the incrementation was so small that it did not make a change in atmosphere for the frog. so slowly but steadily the temperature rose and the frog was not able to realize the gradual increase in temperature. you can not blame the frog because you can never realize these small incrementation. even if you were in a room that was initially cool so you decide to switch off the fans and air conditioners and slowly the room gets hot and you don’t realize it till some one who came in from a cooler place complains. so the frog remained ignorant of the happenings and then the water reached the boiling point and the frog dies. at the same time had the frog been dropped into a pot of boiling water it would have jumped out and saved it self.
i felt the situation was very similar to that of the mankind. we initially started out with loads of virtues and principles but slowly one or two amendments here and there so as to ” suite the present generations and living lifestyle” were made and now no one has the virtues we started out with. i’m not singling out one person or a group. every one has mistakes. initially lying was considered bad. but then people started to assume that lying for a good cause was ok. then slowly the magnitude of the lies increased and the world in now full of people who lie and cheat.
had this(lying so frequently and magnanimously) been advocated in the very initial phase when virtues were considered more important than anything else. people would have got so skeptical and would have stayed away from it. i know people will start saying Adam started lying the moment he was created but at least later people considered it a sin and now it is a part and parcel of life. 😐 . it is not just about lying any other bad thing for that matter.