Just a couple days ago Keith Olbermann abruptly left his show “Countdown” on MSNBC. There has been no official explanation given for his departure but many have speculated his progressive views clashed the network and network interests.
Though this is shocking to hear it does not come as a surprise to me. I would remember watching him on ESPN when I was younger and even then Keith was known for pushing the boundaries of what was considered acceptable. To me Keith and people like Keith are what I would consider “scorpions”. Why a “scorpion”? This comes from the fable, “The scorpion and the Turtle”:
A turtle was happily swimming along a river when a scorpion hailed it from the shore.
“Dear friend turtle!” called the scorpion. “Please let me climb upon your back and swim me to the other side of the river!”
“No,” replied the turtle, “for if I do, you shall sting me, and I shall die.”
“Nonsense!” replied the scorpion. “If I kill you in the middle of the river, you shall sink, and I shall drown and die with you.”
The turtle thought this over, and saw the truth of the scorpion’s statement. He let it upon his back and began swimming towards the other side of the river. Halfway across, he felt a sharp pain in the back of his neck.
“Why have you stung me?!” cried the turtle as his body began to stiffen. “Now you shall die as well!”
“Because it is in my nature,” replied the scorpion as the turtle sank beneath the waters.
Cultures need and thrive when there is a mix of turtles and scorpions. Turtles are hard working, wise, and methodical; scorpions are bold, aggressive and dangerous. Each represent polar opposites that create a broad spectrum of emotions, thoughts and actions that spur thought ideas and debate. Turtles and scorpions may help create debate, these opposites collide as much as they attract.
Think of this in terms of communication. People may try to moderate their tendencies, their views but deep down ones true nature cannot be altered. So take a moment to think about whom in your company, family, or friends are scorpions or turtles? But be aware don’t put a scorpion on your back if you’re a turtle because you will only get stung.