This earlier fable appears in the Anvaar Soheili, a Persian collection of fables written c. 1500 by Hossein Va'ez Kashefi. Mr.Turtle man!! The turtle, wanting to believe the best about his stranded comrade, relented and the scorpion leapt up on his shell as they headed together out into the gently flowing river. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. As they both sank to the bottom, the tortoise, resigned to his fate, turned to the scorpion and said, "Do you mind if I ask you something? A scorpion, being a very poor swimmer, asked the turtle if he would carry him on his back across the lake. Since scorpions aren’t the best swimmers he was desperately pondering how to get to the other side. A turtle was happily swimming along a river when a scorpion hailed it from the shore. You would sting me.” “Are you mad?” exclaimed the turtle. Halfway across – at the river’s deepest part – the turtle felt a paralyzing sting. In the Scorpion and the Turtle, it is a turtle that carries the scorpion across the river, and the turtle survives the scorpion’s sting thanks to its protective shell. The turtle thought about it, and against his better judgement said cautiously, "OK, climb on." Sightings:   On the third season finale of TV’s Star Trek: Voyager (“Scorpion,” original air date 21 May 1997), Chakotay relates this story to Janeway in the hopes of convincing her to rethink her plan to temporarily ally with the Borg. About half way across the pond turtle felt a painful sting on his neck. The turtle and the scorpion are both standing on one side of the stream and both want to get to the other side. This parable often takes another form, one in which its moral is applied to a specific ongoing international conflict: [Reader’s Digest, 1967] An 80-page story said that a "deeply shocking," "haunting," and "spine-chilling" new discovery had been made in the Titanic wreckage. Change ). Bill 10 puts uneducated, immature children in charge…. 13:7. Halfway across the lake the scorpion gave the turtle a big sting, and he started to drown. “Are you mad?” exclaimed the turtle. One day, a scorpion wanted to travel across a stream to explore what he might find there, not knowing how he might get there. exclaimed the turtle, "You'll sting me while I'm swimming, and I'll drown." The scorpion jumped on and after a celebratory high five, the two sped off into the night, possibly to go to a bar and brag to their friends about the prank they had pulled on the turtle. Now where is the logic in that?”. "My dear turtle," laughed the scorpion, "if I were to sting you, you would drown and I would go down with… THE SCORPION AND THE TURTLE Once upon a time, there was a scorpion who was stuck on a river bank for quite some time. ), but it is repeated often enough as an illustrative fable that it begs to be. Turtle has been around the block a couple of times, has heard the stories about scorpions and their deadly stings, and replies no. « My Perspective on Loving, Living, Learning and Laughing, Pingback: A Collection of Zen Stories | END OF THE GAME, Pingback: How does your party represent you? They had traveled only a short distance when they came to a wide river. “But why, oh why?” you all may cry. It is certainly a story about coming home from India to mayhem and destruction, and two dogs having lost ¼ of their body weight. 'Well, I guess it was a little funny,' thought the turtle as he sank to the bottom of the river. As the scorpion began to climb off the back of the turtle, he swiftly stung him with his poisonous venom. One lazy afternoon day a turtle was swimming happily along a lake. About halfway across, the scorpion began to dance nervously with increasing frenzy and finally, overcome with instincts, he arched his tail and jammed his stinger into the surprised turtle's neck. The Scorpion and the Turtle. “You’re right!” said the turtle with a smile. In midstream, the scorpion’s lethal urge became too strong and he plunged his stinger into the frog’s neck. It’s a story about anger, and frustration, and, most of all, it’s… The scorpion mud turtle is a hardy turtle that is easy to care and requires very little attention. Why did you do it?”, “It has nothing to do with logic,” the drowning scorpion sadly replied. Once a turtle and a scorpion found themselves stranded on the side of a rising river. “Where is the… logic in that?” The turtle thought it was the craziest thing he ever heard, “Why would I carry you on my back?” he boomed, ‘You’ll sting me while I’m swimming and I’ll drown.” The turtle was going to cross the river before the current became too strong. The turtle agreed. “It has nothing to do with logic” the scorpion sadly replied, “it’s just my nature.”, Pingback: Are You a Saint or a Scorpion? “Oh no,” the frog said. ( Log Out /  A scorpion, being a very poor swimmer, asked a turtle to carry him on his back across a river. He reached the streams edge, the stream was wide and flowing fast. A story popular in Lebanon at the time of its bank crisis last fall tells of a scorpion on the bank of the Nile who asked a frog to ferry him to the other side. I can no longer call myself an American, nor would I be proud to anymore. "Dear friend turtle!" “That’s ridiculous,” the scorpion replied, “because then I would drown.” The scorpion happily scurried on to the tortoise and they began to cross. Two-thirds along the way, the scorpion stings the turtle. Due to their easy going nature, they make excellent pets for novice turtle keepers. Snopes and the Snopes.com logo are registered service marks of Snopes.com. As the turtle was nearing land he heard a scorpion hail it from the muddy shore. « My Perspective on Loving, Living, Learning and Laughing, A Collection of Zen Stories | END OF THE GAME, How does your party represent you? This classic fable, we also find it “”Don’ t be silly,” said the scorpion. When told in the forms quoted above, the story’s moral is universal: Some creatures just are what they are. It says a lot about us people. The water has to be clear and deep. As they both sank to the bottom, the turtle resignedly said: “Do you mind if I ask you something? Along comes a turtle and the scorpion gets REAL excited! He could feel the poison flowing through his body. The turtle told the scorpion that he wasn’t crazy and wouldn’t give the scorpion a chance to sting him and kill him. The scorpion gave his final shrug and replied, “This is the Middle East.”. Go. Fake news is fake news, no matter who repeats it. 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