Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A wee Zen Story


I'm sure that you may have heard a version of this tale in your child hood, but did you understand what it meant?

Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning, one of the monks immediately scooped it up and set it on the bank, in the process he was stung he went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell into the river, the monk again saved the scorpion and again was stung, the other monk asked him "friend why do you continue  to save the scorpion when you know it's his nature is to sting"?
"Because" the monk replied " to save is my nature".

Our politicians have never understood this tale when dealing with the Arab world, but the Arabs have learned it well and keep stinging us.
One of us must change our nature, before too many of our fine young men die.



  1. I have never heard this tale- but it certainly does give me much to think about!


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