Originally posted by elysiumfire
I will refer you to the bathing frog, and the slowly boiled pot of water...
Hmm, can I refer you to what would really happen?
If you put a frog into pan of boiling hot water, the chances are you would kill it by scalding immediately...it would not jump out. Put it into a pot
of water that is slowly being heated, and it has a greater option for jumping out as it starts to feel uncomfortable and begins to sense the danger.
It was a metaphor. I have never tried it. Have you? Or are you assuming the result?
I would prefer that we not begin lowering and debasing ourselves, in these discussions, as we have been able to converse on an elevated level to this
point, in your thread.
Perhaps it was an ill-conceived usage. Let me reconcile with a different one.
I used to catch barking tree frogs as a young man, and sell them for money. They are quite difficult to see and to access in their usual habitat. But,
during their mating season, they will come down from the trees at night and travel, sometimes large distances to find a body of water suitable, for
their offspring to thrive. This pond will usually be stagnant, remote, large enough to maintain water during the heat of summer, but not so large that
predators would be rampant.
To catch the frogs, one must wade into the pond in the middle of the woods, in the middle of the night, and wait. You will hear their mating call, as
they they enter the water. They will take in so much air that they literally float on top of the pond. And then, the call, that sounds much like a
small dog, yipping. Hence the term, "barking" tree frog...
Now, you don't want to go after the easy targets. The one that are puffed up, highly visible and doing what they do. For they are bringing in other
frogs with their calls. What you want to do, is go after the ones that have already completed the act of pro-creation but are still paired up. Hiding.
With nothing but their eyes and noses above the water line. But you have to move ever so slowly. Inch by inch, foot by foot, you must not disturb the
top of the water too much, or your prey will separate and dive down, and you'll go home wet and broke! When you get within arm's length, you slowly
begin reaching, at just at the last 12 inches or so, you strike like a cobra, grabbing whatever touches the palm of your hand! Success would a male
and female frog. Failure would be pond grass or a water mocassin...
But, by doing it this way, you encourage the continuation of the location for harvesting, as well as maintain the influx of frogs by the constant
calling going on, which increases your take on that evening. And, you accomplish all of your goals, without interrupting the natural process.
NOW.... Apply all of this, to the situation at hand, and we are done!
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