Twenty Froggies -BY GEORGE COOPER Twenty froggies went to school
Down beside a rushy pool
Twenty little coats of green,
Twenty vests all white and clean.
“We must be in time,” said they,
“First we study, then we play”
That is how we keep the rule,
When we froggies go to school.”
Master Bull-frog, brave and stern,
Called his classes in their turn,
Taught them how to nobly strive,
Also how to leap and dive.
Taught them how to dodge a blow,
From the sticks that bad boys throw.
Twenty froggies grew up fast
Bull-frogs they became at last.
Polished in a high degree,
As each froggie ought to be.
Now they sit on other logs,
Teaching other little frogs.
Later on, while still in the primary school, I had read the story of the Frog Prince.Thereafter, in the secondary school,I had seen the dissection of a frog in our school’s biology lab.Poor creature !!
I had thought then that perhaps I would not have any further association with this creature in my future career.However,I was wrong.
When I did my PGDBM way back in 1979 I had studied something about change in life which is a constant feature.We were told to learn to adapt ourselves to such changes.Again I had mistakenly thought that it was the end of the Frog chapter of my life,but no,it again re-surfaced in my life after my retirement in 2009 when I took up a few teaching assignments in a few Management institutions.Here then is the story …..
While discussing the subject of resistance to change etc in one of my MBA classes, I came across the common story of the boiling frog.It is called the boiling frog syndrome. I did a little research on it and here are a few pointers to this topic :
The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frogslowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.
The story is often used as a metaphorfor the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.
According to contemporary biologists the premise of the story is not literally true; an actual frog submerged and gradually heated will jump out. However, a variety of 19th century research experiments suggested that the underlying premise is true, provided the heating is gradual enough.
2.The Boiling Frog Syndrome by- Steven Yates
Quote : My father drew my attention to Ric Edelman’s financial planning website,which has a wealth of information and strategies on the subject.While exploring the site I ran across what Edelman called the Boiling Frog Syndrome.
He introduced the idea to explain how the American public has come to accept a certain amount of inflation as normal, despite the ease of producing sound arguments that inflation works against our best efforts to plan and build wealth over the long term.
Here is Edelman’s account of the Boiling Frog Syndrome: “If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump out. But if you place a frog into a pot of lukewarm water and slowly turn up the heat, it will boil to death. And so it is with inflation. We’ve grown accustomed to inflation over the past 25 years,but that doesn’t mean we don’t continue to be hurt by its effect.” Unquote.
3.Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will–
4.THE BOILING FROG -by Daniel Quinn :
And with this,I end my tryst with the frogs,till my next birth ,hopefully, not as a FROG in a village well !! Croak ! Croak !!
Well, before I sign off,here is a favourite frog situation of mine : Two frogs fell into a bowl of cream. One didn’t panic, he relaxed and drowned. The other kicked and struggled so much that the cream turned to butter and he walked out !
And last, but not the least, let us not be like the frog in a well :”We think too small,like the frog at the bottom of the well,who thinks that the sky is only as big as the top of the well.If he surfaced,he would have an entirely different view.” (Mao Tse Tung)