The story you are about to read is an old folklore about the Scorpion and Turtle; and the lesson in it is true to human nature. It goes as follows:
A turtle was happily swimming along a river when a scorpion hailed it from the shore.
A scorpion, as a very poor
swimmer, asked a turtle to ferry him on his back across a river. “Are you mad?” exclaimed the turtle. “You’ll sting me while I’m swimming and I’ll drown. “My dear turtle,” laughed the scorpion,“if I were to sting you, you would drown and I would go down with you, and drown as well. Now where is the logic in that?”
The turtle thought this over, and sawthe logic of the scorpion’s statement.
“You’re right!” cried the turtle. “Hop on!”
The scorpion climbed aboard and halfway across the river the scorpion gave the turtle a mighty sting. As they both sank to the bottom, the turtle resignedly said:“Do you mind if I ask you something?
You said there’d be no logic in yourstinging me. Why did you do it? “It has nothing to do with logic,” thedrowning scorpion sadly replied. “It’s just my nature.”