Parable 3

Two travelers
were washing their faces
in a river
when they noticed a scorpion
that was drowning.
The first traveler hesitated
fearing that he would get stung,
but the second traveler immediately
reached for the scorpion,
picked it up
and placed it
near the bank beside him.
The scorpion stung him during the rescue,
and it scuttled off
to do whatever it is
that scorpions do.
cried the first traveler,
“Why did you save that scorpion
if you knew that its nature
is to sting?”
The second traveler smiled
and said,

to save it
is my nature.”


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