The story of a frog in hot water

Life is not a linear line.Today I read the posts of my dear former colleague Nataša on one of the social networks. She wrote that two years ago, when the pandemic started and when we had only a one-digit or two-digit number of infected citizens a day (the disaster!), we were in complete lockdown in Croatia, there were no cafes, restaurants, sport or kids playgrounds, hairdressers and not to mention more. Today, after two years, the daily number of newly infected people in Croatia regularly exceeds 15.000, over 40 people die, and everyone walks around as if nothing is happening.

Today I read the posts of my dear former colleague Nataša on one of the social networks.  She wrote that two years ago, when the pandemic started and when we had only a one-digit  or two-digit number of infected citizens a day (the disaster!), we were in complete lockdown in Croatia, there were no cafes, restaurants, sport or kids playgrounds, hairdressers and not to mention more. Today, after two years, the daily number of newly infected people in Croatia  regularly exceeds 15.000, over 40 people die, and everyone walks around as if nothing is happening. 

It is as if more than 63.000 of our fellow citizens did not die last year (that’s the most since The Second World War) and as if it were all NORMAL.

That reminded me of a story about a frog and the hot water from which I have learned a lot about life.

If you boil water and throw a frog into that boiling water, it will immediately jump out of the pot to save its head.

It will react instinctively. 

But if you put the frog into cold water and then start heating the water slowly, the frog will not react.  Even when the water boils, the frog will only reduce its activities, it will stand in place, but the instinct to jump out of the water will not activate. 

That is a frog.

Hm, are we, people, that different from frogs?

A frog is an amphibian, just like we learned in elementary school. It is on the development scale towards us, Homo sapiens, at a very low place on the scale where we, without competition, perch at the very top.

And what are our reactions?

Frog’s.

As the water temperature rises, the “frogs” move less and less in the pot. 

Until they are cooked and then The Unknown Someone, who had also previously turned on the gas, serves them for lunch to the team. 

Where did this great need to be and remain a boiled frog come from? 

How is it possible that there are more and more young artists in the labor market, and they keep conforming to the environment and not trying to change anything?

Most people sign contracts without even reading them because – it is how everyone works.

Most people “give a promise” to several places at the same time –  it is how everyone works.

Most don’t even think about changing the circumstances in which they work – because “it is impossible”.

Most don’t seek to meet the terms of the contract or don’t even know what they’re given rights to – because no one does that.

Most are afraid to terminate their contract when they’re wronged – because no one does.  

Most don’t ask what their obligations in the contracts are – because no one asks. Until they break them, then everyone complains.  

How is it possible that in the bodies of Homo sapiens we are more and more often finding – a frog brain? 

The water is boiling, but maybe we won’t boil if we stand still? 

Although the team that had boiled the water is already preparing salt, pepper and other spices to spice up the cooked frogs and eat them.

But there is a way to get out of the pot.

There is a solution, the only but a sure one: life-long learning.

Life-long learning. LLL.

By learning, we strengthen our capacities, strengthen our  arguments and thus our strength and the need to resist the boiling water, an environment that prevents us from moving.

Dear young artists, don’t be frogs in boiling water!

Implement learning into everyday life, get stronger every day and jump out of the pot of boiling water! Turn off that (too expensive) gas that keeps the water boiling for once!

Change your world!

How to start?

On February 2 Vita’s webinar “All about contracts” will be waiting for you. Sign up at bugavestallls@gmail.com and learn how to jump out of that hot water!

On February 7 something big will be waiting for you and will completely turn off that gas!