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Many people know the story about the frog and the scorpion.

The scorpion begs the frog for a ride across the river.

The frog complains, says you're going to sting me.

Scorpion says, no I promise, I won't.

Frog agrees and they take off across the river.

Halfway across the river, scorpion stings the frog.

Frog gets paralyzed, and they start to sink.

Frog asks why, scorpion says it's my nature. I can't help it.

Moral of the story?

Depends on who you're telling it to and why.

It could be a warning. 

To avoid certain people.

Even though they say they won't act a certain way, they don't really have any choice.

But on a deeper level, it also means that we have something called a "nature."

And that we can't run or hide from our own nature.

The scorpion didn't want to die.

Which means he was probably telling the truth in the beginning.

You can see this as a metaphorical contest between conscious mind (I promise I won't sting you) and our unconscious nature.

One is weak, the other is strong.

Clearly, it shows how we must understand and respect our nature.

Because even if we pretend to ignore our nature, and try to "outthink" our nature, our nature will win.

Luckily we aren't scorpions.

While animals make useful metaphorical characters, metaphors themselves are only examples.

Small stories meant to deliver a point.

Not accurate maps of reality.

But it is very helpful to know your nature.

Both as a human, and as an individual.

As a human, you are an explorer.

Humans are not comfortable sitting still.

We always need to learn more stuff, enjoy more stuff, get more stuff.

We can do that in healthy way, or an unhealthy way.

Unhealthy, of course, is always eating more or sleeping more or finding more creative ways to waste time.

Healthy way is learning more, exercising more, practicing more, or doing something that will improve your resourcefulness.

As far as your own personal nature, that's HOW you do those things.

You do have that capacity, but whether or not you use it is up to you.

There are generally three ways people use their inherent productivity.

Wastefully, by spending all day watching Netflix.

For somebody else, where we work for companies, bosses, or even spouses and families that take advantage of our productivity.

Or for yourself. 

Naturally, doing only one is not a good idea. 

You need some kind of balance.

But so long as you're doing a little of each, you'll be in good shape.

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