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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

The Boiling Frog

Many have heard the parable of the boiled frog, put a pot of cool water on the stove and then add the frog. Not sensing danger the frog will stay. Slowly as the water warms, the frog relaxes. The warmth feels good. As the water gets hotter it acts like a steam bath draining away energy and deepening the frog’s relaxation. The frog becomes sleepy and has less and less energy while the water is getting hotter and hotter. By the time the frog realizes its danger, the water is already boiling, and it is too late to take action. There is neither time nor energy left to do anything but perish.

Legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey delivered a broadcast where he predicted how the devil might use this method to slowly destroy the United States. Remember this was from April 3, 1965 – almost 50 years ago. Here is some of his broadcast:

“If I were the prince of darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness.  I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — the….. United States of America.  So, I would set out whatever means necessary to take it over.

1st I’d subvert the churches, and I would begin with a campaign of whispers.  With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”

To the young, I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince the children that man created God instead of the other way around. I’d confide that what’s bad is good and what’s good is square.

And the old, I would teach to pray after me, “Our Father, which are in Washington …”

Then, I’d get organized, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid fiction so exciting that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting.

I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves and nations at war with themselves until each, in its turn, was consumed.

And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.

If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellect but neglect to discipline emotions. I’d tell teachers to let those students run at will. And before you knew it, you’d have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

Within a decade, I’d have prisons overflowing and judges promoting pornography. Soon, I would evict God from the courthouse and the schoolhouse and then from the houses of Congress.

If I were the devil, I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.

I bet you I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich.

I’d convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun and that what you see on television is the way to be.

In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing. ….Paul Harvey, good day.”
Sorry, no funny quip to this week’s article- just wanted everyone to take time to realize the alarming water temperature in our pot.

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