Thursday, March 24, 2005

It's like boiling frogs

My Dad once used the story about how to boil a frog to explain society's slippery slopes. He'd basically explain that you can't throw a frog into a pot of water at a rolling boil, because it will hop right out. But if you put it in cool water and gradually turn up the heat, the frog won't mind. I doubt many people have actually tried this, but it's a way to explain social change.

In the latest boiling frog news, a bunch of little kids were arrested recently for trying to bring Teri Schiavo water. What a world we live in.

It reminds me of the time my old hockey coach, Petr, took us to the Terezin Nazi death camp. He told us that his grandmother was thrown into the camp for throwing bread over the walls to the Jews inside. Human suffering is just that: suffering, and when a society arrests people for trying to alleviate it, you know we are at the brink of something big.

Watch Teri interact with her Mom and Dad. I think there's still plenty of humanness left in her.