The Frog in the Kettle

There is a proverbial story of the frog in the kettle. I do not know if it is true or not, but it is an excellent metaphor for the reality that most people adapt to the present circumstances. It is said that an experiment was conducted that involved placing a frog in a kettle of water. If the frog were placed in a pot of boiling water, the frog would immediately jump out so as not to be scalded. Then a frog was placed in the water while it was yet cool. As the frog sat contently in the water, the water was heated one degree at a time. The frog adapted to the gradual changes in temperature until it boiled to death. The American culture, figuratively and hyperbolically speaking, is slowly boiling to death. A few of us are sending warnings to jump out of the kettle before it is too late…Here’s a good example of people being comfortable using language that does not match reality. It’s like the frog in the kettle. “I’m going to church on Sunday.” A phrase used by children, adults, teachers, preachers, and theologians. Ask the question: “What is the church?” If you give the wrong answer, are you comfortable with the wrong answer? If the answer is, “yes, I’m comfortable with the wrong answer” then you are adjusting to the temperature of the culture. Oh, I forgot; maybe someone does not know the correct answer. Then pretend you are Alice in Wonderland and you’ve come to a fork in the road. Ask the cat, “which way should I go.” Then the cat asked, “Where do you want to go?” Alice replied “I don’t know.”  The cat responded, “then, it doesn’t matter which way you go.” The life principle: If truth and reality is not important, then it doesn’t matter what you say! It’s like sitting in the kettle until  you boil to death.

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