On Frogs and Boiling Water
 
 

Pardon me while I borrow an analogy on how our culture works from a recent book I read, not that I hadn't heard it before...

If you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will start to stuggle and show distress at once.
You put the same frog in a pot of warm water and the frog is quite happy to float in the water. You put the water on a burner and put it at low temperature. The water will slowly start to boil, and because the boiling is so slow, the frog won't notice it, until it has boiled to death...

I saw a program on 20/20 (February 11, 2000) that showed doggy "drop boxes" in the US. They have these boxes that look like the garbage shoots you see in apartment buildings. These go to cinder block, walled in rooms, with little or no food and water, and are intended for people who don't want their pets anymore. They have a "large dog box", a "small dog box" and a "puppy box". They also have all types of boxes for kitties. People drive up, with the pet they don't want anymore and just drop it off; no fuss, no muss, no responsibility. The animal protection agency pops by when it can, and most of the animals end up being put down. Disposable pets.

There was another program on PBS the other night about the Lost Children of Rockdale County It was a disturbing show, that started out with sexually transmitted diseases in teens, and went to violence and the general rage and personal distress that all of these teens are experiencing. It made me think about Woodstock 1999 and the rage experienced there. What are they mad at? The conclusion I came to, and I realize this may sound simplistic, is that in our commercially driven, money and stuff rules all society, no one cares about the children. People have children and think that if they "do and buy" all these things for them, buy them designer products, sign them up for a myriad of activities, keep them in money, cars, cell phones, etc. that that is being a parent. They don't realize that they are the ones that want these things, and that this is the measure of THEIR success. Children, as growing, developing beings require love, guidance, respect, direction, care, nurturing... parents... Disposable children.

We already know whe have disposable old people... they were the first to go -- to homes and care facilities, so we wouldn't have to face the disturbing fact that we do get old and feeble and frail and, we are in fact, NOT immortal. Disposable elders.

I sat and watched Discovery Channel news (Episode 1139, February 11, 2000) and saw something that blew me away. A scientist was happily discussing the fact that they have successfully inserted two billy goats with the gene that enables spiders to make webs. The web is so important, because, in relation to its size, it is the strongest material known (or something like that). The scientist said that if you had a web weaved the size of your pinky, it could stop a jet plane in mid-flight. Apparently, a goat's udder and a spider's web-making apparatus are the same, and that is why they think this will work. They will breed these two billy goats and hopefully get nanny goats that, when milked, will produce the web-stuff. Not that the goats will be able to "weave" the web, scientists still have to figure out how to do that! So we have successfully "cross-bred" in a manner of speaking, arachnids and barn-yard livestock. Disposable, maleable species.

These are just a few of the things that seemed to hit me, and make me think that we are boiling. The answers?? Look at our lives, take responsibility for our actions -- all of our actions and decisions. Learn what is important, make a promise and keep it. We are not alone as humans, nor are we the most important thing on this planet. Maybe we can save the frog...