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  •  Who are the two scorpions in a jar of acid? I (2+ / 0-)
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    rubyclaire, FarWestGirl

    must have missed something in reading this diary.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 08:53:28 PM PDT

    •  It seems to (6+ / 0-)

      paraphrase J. Robert Oppenheimer’s description of the cold war years - "it was like two scorpions in a jar, each fearful of the other’s nuclear sting, each capable of trading its life to deliver its own sting".

      Or the concept that two scorpions can peacefully coexist in a jar until they are threatened or disturbed - and then they attack.

      Either way, it appears to relate to two entities locked in a mortal combat that won't end until one or both are destroyed.  

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 10:18:19 PM PDT

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