Of Frogs and Ostriches – By Vashti Jackson


By Vashti Jackson


Perhaps you have seen the following post floating around social media.

“Put a frog into a vessel, fill with water and start heating the water.

As the temperature of the water begins to rise, the frog adjust its body temperature accordingly.

The frog keeps adjusting its body temperature with the increasing temperature of the water. Just when the water is about to reach boiling point, the frog cannot adjust anymore. At this point the frog decides to jump out.

The frog tries to jump but it is unable to do so because it has lost all its strength in adjusting with the rising water temperature.

Very soon the frog dies.

What killed the frog?

Think about it!

I know many of us will say the boiling water. But the truth about what killed the frog was its own inability to decide when to jump out.

We all need to adjust with people & situations, but we need to be sure when we need to adjust & when we need to move on. There are times when we need to face the situation and take appropriate actions.

If we allow people to exploit us physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually or mentally they will continue to do so.

Let us decide when to jump!

Let’s jump while we still have the strength.”

This story is a metaphor for many things. However, when I apply it to our country, the USA, I can’t help but feel we are a frog that is jumping into the pan of hot water instead of trying to jump out. We all know the temperature is changing here (and I am not talking climate change). All of us sense it. Change needs to happen, but it seems that so many people do not agree on what that change should be.

We have the younger generation, fresh from high school that seems to think they should get everything for free and do not seem to understand what socialism is or that they are even asking for it. We have a slightly older group that wants equality for all and political correctness everywhere (this PC group really overlaps into the first younger group as well). Then we have the the even older group who are a mixture of the last group and conservative (or at least as near as I can tell). Then we have Black Lives Matter vs All Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter. What is up with all this?

Our country is going to hell in a hand basket and we are fighting about who’s lives matter when we have an Islamic killing machine that would just as soon kill all of us regardless of all these little spats. Do we even know what really matters right now? Over the last month or more that I have been binging on the information brought to us by Vox Populi News, Farrah Prudence, Aynaz Anni Cyrus, Brigitte Gabriel, Dr. Bill Warner, Usama Dakdok, and the book, “Captive In Iran,” they all agree on one thing. We are not safe and Islam wants to kill us. If you are not convinced and know an Armenian person, just ask them. They have stories that will make your hair curl (and if your hair is already curly, they might just straighten it)!

We have been what I would call sheltered. I grew up sheltered, so I know what that is. Community college was  total culture shock for me. That is what happens when you grow up in a tight knit community and are tight-laced, so to speak. Well, the same thing has happened to us here. We have buried our heads in the sand and now that we are being confronted with it, we want to deny it is coming and keep our heads there. We are going to wake up to find that we have been decapitated while ignoring the signs. I will tell you, Islam does not care if we are Christian, agnostic, atheist, LGBT, or what our skin color is. None of that will matter. The only thing that will matter is that we are not Muslim (and even then, if we aren’t the right sect, it still won’t matter). I believe if you are reading this, you are already waking up. Lets be the frog that jumps out before it is too late!

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