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Frogs Being Boiled

Several biological studies have shown that a frog, placed in a container along with water from his pond, will remain alive while you heat the water. The toad does not react to the gradual increase of temperature (change of environment) and only dies when the water boils, swollen and happy. On the other hand, if a toad is thrown into that same container when the water is already boiling, he will immediately jump out. He will be a little singed, but alive!
Sometimes we can be like the boiled toads. We do not notice changes. We think everything is good, or that whatever is evil will pass, it’s just a matter of time. We are about to die, but we are floating, stable and apathetic as the water warms up every minute. We are dying, fat and happy, without having noticed the changes around us. There are boiled toads who still believe that the key is obedience, not competence: might is right, and obey whoever is sensible. From all this, where is the real life? It is better to emerge from a situation, maybe a little singed from time to time, but alive and ready to act.

— Paulo Coelho


The Greatest Problem

A university professor noticed that a student was about to fall asleep. So he asked the student, “What is the greatest problem in our society — ignorance or apathy?”
The student replied, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.”