Frogs, Toads, and Sameness June 29, 2010Posted by TheIntentionalSage in Nature, Visions.
Tags: Difference, Frog, Lake, Leg, Similarity, Smile, Toad, Tongue
Ricinowinia (pronounced rih-sin-oh-ween-ya) was sitting down near the lake that she usually would find herself at on most days. On this particular day, she noticed a frog, or at least, what she thought to be a frog. There was something about frogs that just made her smile with delight. She understood that many people from before her time, when her grandparents used to be alive, had some sort of distaste for frogs. She also understood that this was as a result of the ways in which people observed other people in the culture behave around creatures like frogs, especially their parents.
Nonetheless, Ricinowinia knew that frogs were harmless to her – even from a ‘grossed out’ standpoint. There was something about the way that they leaped from one spot to the next that was somewhat mesmerizing. Their powerful legs were able to propel them from place-to-place and their tongues! My goodness! Ricinowinia always broke out into laughter when she saw a frog zip its tongue out to catch a fly.
There was one thing, that until Ricinowinia figured it out, always puzzled her. It was the seemingly different-ness between frogs and toads. She had seen frogs and she had seen toads, but she could never figure out why people considered them different. Yes, she knew on the surface that frogs usually had slimier or smoother skin in comparison to a toad and that a toad usually had warts and dry skin. Regardless, Ricinowinia always had a hard time discerning as to why people felt this way. More specifically, why people thought that toads were different from frogs.
Somewhere along her path, not down to the lake, but her path in life, Ricinowinia came to the realization that frogs and toads are the same! She spent a lot of time examining the two ‘different’ species and came to conclude that toads are a kind of frog. Meaning, toads are frogs and frogs are toads. While not all frogs are toads, that was irrelevant. The realization that Ricinowinia had come to was that these two creatures were more identical than people had previously made them out to be.
Ricinowinia wondered if this microcosm was an example of the macrocosm that used to present in society. Her grandparents always used to tell her about how people of different colored skin, race, ethnicity, and religion used to have an unpleasant disposition towards each other. This made her wonder if this was part of the reason the misperception became that toads and frogs were different, when in actuality, they are the same.
Ricinowinia wondered a lot of things. This made her think back to some of the stuff that she used to reflect upon when she was younger – how could her parents and grandparents have grown up in a world like this? She was always fascinated about how her parents and grandparents made it out of those generations with people always acting coldly to each other and fighting. It was such a strange thing to think about, but she knew that there had to be something to it because there were still some ‘leftovers’ from those generations that were still alive in Ricinowinia’s generation today. However, she knew that the majority of people, much to the opposite of how it used to be, believed that everyone was, essentially, the same.
She knew that everybody, or most people, had a disposition that was one of pleasantness to each other. She loved it! She loved being able to walk down some of the trails near where she lived and be able to see people who would smile at her and that she would smile back at. Just these simple smiles exchanged while people were on their way was so awesome. It wasn’t just awesome, it was, in Ricinowinia’s mind, the only way to do things. She couldn’t imagine what her world would look like had people not acted like this on a daily basis. It was abnormal to find people who didn’t like this. It was against the grain to find people who weren’t altogether happy and joyful and she loved it.
Ricinowinia looked back down at the frog as it hopped from one rock to another and thought that the remaining humans who didn’t quite get it, who didn’t quite understand the sameness of things, could probably learn a lot from frogs.