This week in philosophy with Miriam, we heard this story…
A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.
We had such an interesting discussion following this and we even tried to apply our ideas to humans.
What do you think? Who is responsible for their deaths? Do you agree that it was in the scorpion’s nature?