A certain scorpion, wanting to cross a river was scuttling about on the bank, looking for a means of getting to the other side. Seeing his problem, a tortoise offered to carry him across.
The scorpion thanked the tortoise, and climbed on his back. As soon as the tortoise had finished his swim and unloaded the scorpion, the scorpion gave him a really powerful sting.
‘How can you do such a thing to me?’ cried the tortoise. ‘My nature is to be helpful, and I have used it to help you. Now I get stung!’
‘My friend,’ said the scorpion, ‘your nature is to be helpful, and you were. Mine is to sting, and I have. Why, therefore, do you seek to transform your nature into virtue and mine into villainy?’
The Commanding Self
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