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Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.



Bion, Greek bucolic poet, was a native of the city of Smyrna and flourished about 100 BC

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  • L. Dalton Shriner
    I heard this quote a million years ago when I was a college student. It stuck with me. The highest quality of being human is the awareness of suffering of all things. I killed a grasshopper in my garden today. They are huge and beautifully colored critters. Their appetite is voracious. Overnight they can strip down a lovely flowered bush leaving but the stims and a slow brown death for the plant. In a quiet fury. I knocked the insect to the ground and ground him under my boot. He was in the throes of death when I raised my foot, writhing in apparent agony. I immediately thought of the quote, and then in remorse, the Keats poem: The Poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead; That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead In summer luxury,—he has never done With his delights; for when tired out with fun He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed. Possibly to get mashed underfoot by a vindictive gardner. Think not that we humans go unscathed for such acts: "As wonton boys to flys we are to the gods. They kill us for their sport." 
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    • Jordi Schorer Friedman
      Thank you for sharing your deep thoughts with us! You helped me think of nature in a whole different perspective! Thank you.I will definitely think twice before stepping on one of nature's creatures....
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