Author(s): Chris Parker
A well-known fable tells of a frog that has jumped into a pot of water recently placed on a stove. As easily as it jumped in it is able to jump back out. However, the frog is happy to have found a little water and a moist place to settle for a while. The problem is, the water is getting warmer, and will soon boil. The story goes that although the frog can jump back out, it stays in the water—in perceived comfort and security—and boils to death. It is also said, “if you want to know about water, don’t ask a fish!” The frog and the fish are living (or dying) in something that is having a shaping effect on them: the water of their world. The way that we think about and approach the questions, issues, and decisions of life will be shaped by the water of our worlds. Just like with the frog and the fish, this happens whether we are aware of it or not.