Are you as smart as a frog?

We hear that a frog will allow himself to be killed in a pot of boiling water if the temperature is increased slowly enough for him to not take note. In fact, the story goes, the frog may actually enjoy the warmer temperatures. He may become complacent, relax, and quite possibly even fall asleep – never to awaken again.

According to, the legend is false. The frog actually is smart enough to free himself from a slowly boiling pot.

I ask us, America – are we as smart as a frog?

When the environment, culture, powers-that-be, principalities… turn up the heat, do we – America – have the smarts to say enough-is-enough? When it gets too hot, what choices do we have? Jump out of the heat? Shake our little fists at those “turning the screws”? Appeal to reason or morality? How will we know and what can we do when it gets too hot?

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant

Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University, author of Living Beyond the Maze, & co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.



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