Boiling a frog

23 Jan

They say that in order to cook a frog you have to heat the water slowly.  The frog gets used to the higher temperature little by little without jumping out.  Scientific studies show conflicted results; a frog will jump out of hot water if they notice the heat.  Apparently the trick is to make sure the temperature change is gradual and slow so that the added heat is not perceived.

This situation is often used as a metaphor to caution about the importance of being aware of those changes that could lead to harm.  Unlike the frogs however we are very much aware of what is happening around us.  It has been all over the news.  Why are so many still just sitting in the pot?

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal after the TSA introduced the new screenings in November “Backlash built up, but TSA stuck to its guns. And after Thanksgiving, the furor subsided.”

Are we or are we not more intelligent than frogs?  This is not even a gradual change that went unnoticed.  People noticed.  People even complained.  And then they got ignored and shrugged it off?

We need to do better.  Don’t just send an email, spread the word.  Ask others to join us.

Our representatives need to do better. It’s time to turn up the heat.

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2 Responses to “Boiling a frog”

  1. Ann January 24, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    You’re so right–I myself was wondering what happened to the furor and the complaints? It just seemed to die off. The TSA just told us to shut up and we did.

    Apparently in this country we just like to complain a little bit but then forget about everything soon after. Right now on Rasmussen, Obama’s strong disapproval has been taking a several-months dive straight down…it’s now at the levels it was before the health care town halls of summer ’09! Why?!? Nothing has changed; he and his corrupt, liberty-stealing, power-mongering cronies are the same as ever and shoveling the same crap on us, but apparently Americans will get used to anything and accept anything after it becomes their new normal. I think I’ve given up hope for this country!

    • writingformyrights January 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

      While it’s a shame that there are so many who really feel this is the way to be safe, the apathy we see is really the biggest shame. Even people who cringe at the thought of having to deal with TSA while traveling get over it as soon as they are done with their travel plans. I just don’t understand it. We really are led by the media and the outrage on any given issue only seems to last as long as the media tells us it should.

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