We should be familiar with the saying “hurt people hurt others people.”
I first came across this story by search WordPress reading others bloggers blog post. I stumbled across https://life-can-be-beautiful.com/2019/07/09/read-this-had-to-share/ the picture and a snippet of the post caught my attention. Just seeing a black snake in what appeared to be a striking posting shocked me. But when I seen the man’s hand I began to say to myself. I hope that he’s alive and is receiving medical attention asap. You know some snake bites are lethal. Depending upon what type of snake it is and where it may have bitten you. You may have a matter of minutes to get medical attention.
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A Man Saw A …
A man saw a snake being burned to death and decided to take it out of the fire. When he did, the snake bit him. The bite caused excruciating pain, the man dropped the snake, and the reptile fell right back into the fire. The man tried to pull it out again and again the snake bit him.
Someone who was watching approached the man and said:
“Excuse me, but don’t you understand that every time you try to get the snake out of the fire, it’s going to bite you? Why are you being stubborn?”
The man replied:
“The nature of the snake is to bite, but that’s not gonna change my nature, which is to help.”
So, with the help of a metal pole, the man took the snake out of the fire and saved its life.
Now the moral of the story is that don’t change your nature simply because someone hurt you. And to be honest that’s a good moral. I agree with that moral. It’s easier said then done but whatevs.
My focus is not so much on the snake bite but rather the snakes reaction to being helped. See the story picks up from the winner perspective. The man got bit up. You know he got his little battle scares but how did the snake get in the fire in the first place? Because that snake didn’t strike the man for no reason. See everything on this Earth has a cause and effect. Einstein said it best for every reaction there is a equal but opposite reaction.
Let’s take it from here how many people do you know or have come across that you have tried to help and by no pun intended been bitten by them?
Or let me ask a better question how many of you have done the bitting when someone you know or did not know tried to help you get out of the fire?
We live in a world where hurt people hurt other people. See the snake did something that all of us have done. We attack people not because they did something to us. No, we attack people off of impluse because we assume that they are coming to do more harm than good.
Why is that?
A lot of us are so hurt that we carry around the residue from our past situations. Due to us carrying around this residue we become accustomed to being hurt all the time that we don’t expect anything good to come towards our way. For example, have you ever said a encouraging or uplifting word to someone like hello, good morning or you’re going to do great things in your life keep going you got this. And out the clear blue they just snapped on you. Their demeanor changed and they got so angry with you that you began to question what in the hell did I possibly say to them that would make them react this way? All I said was something nice and thoughtful.
That’s because you’re dealing with someone who percieve your nice gesture as having evil motives behind it. So to ward off you nice evil gesture in their mind. They become defensive like a snake. They assume a striking position. Now if you keep extending a helping hand not understanding that they don’t want your assistance. Then they will try to hurt you.
Now this is all done out of confusion. Because you have to understand that so many people have approached them with a smiling face, smooth talker. Got them to feel real comfortable. Got them to open up and let their hair down. Then totally flipped the script on them and flat out just done them dirty. Now before they came across you who is being honest, open and genuine about the words they speak. They have been done so wrong for so many years. Just placing so much trust in various people. Believing that every person has their best interest at heart. They can’t tell the truth from a lie. So they just hurt any and everyone who comes by and try to help. It don’t matter who you are they don’t trust you. There’s this wall that they have thrown up. Anyone who is able to even climb it and take a peak over it. They will bite you. Because that’s their way of trying to protect what’s left of them that hasn’t been destroyed.
This is symbolic
You know I’m glad I said that last little bit because the snake bit the man and then fell right back into the fire. See that was symbolic. The destruction that the snake was going through has become home. It’s used to being in those situations of great pain and suffering. It’s mind has been programmed to accept destruction and defeat. Now the man comes along and he notices the state in which the snake is in. His mind and heart instantly tells him that this is not good. Go and save the snake. But upon saving the snake he then realize that what is destruction to the man is comfort to the snake.
The snake bit him because the snake wasn’t in pain from the fire. The snake was in pain from the hurt that he had endured before being placed in the fire to burn.
So many people are walking around in bad situations. Their life is just up in flames. The rest of us want to go and help them because we are looking at the external and saying to ourselves they don’t deserve to live like that. My life is not up in flames. So their life shouldn’t be either. Not realizing that the extrenal is just a manifestation of what’s being internalized.
Now I’m not saying at all don’t go and help your fellow man. If you see someone in need and you are available to assist them. Then assist them. Don’t watch them burn. No pun intended. But that snake was able to with stand the heat because that snake has been burning deep within before it even was cast into the fire. Long, long before the man came by and pulled it out of the fire.
You got to remember a person can’t live or survive in a chaotic environment unless they themselves are chaotic on the inside. My wife always says, “you are what you hang around.”
You know people that are burning need help. They need all the love and support that they can get. They have lived for so long not knowing what it means to be loved and treated with respect. They spent so many years not having the trust, hope and faith that they will be alright. That’s pretty awesome that he pulled the snake out of the fire. That’s a beginning toward helping a person turn their life around.
Don’t think for one second that just because a snake/person has been pulled out of the fire that they will not continue to bite. They will keep bitting. This is new to them. They haven’t been this wide open since the first fifty times that they gotten hurt. They spent so many years building up this wall of protection that would discourage people from coming to assist them. Not realizing that it made people want to assist them even more.
But yeah they need lots of prayers and love. That’s what that fire represent a wall of protection to keep harm out. It’s just that the snake/person don’t realize that the harm is not always external. It’s more internal than anything else. Because if you can get the mind to believe it the body will achieve it in both good and evil.
But I like when the person asked why are being so stubborn. See that person that asked that question understood that some people you can help. While others you want to save them from destruction which is sometimes just a manifeststion of ones own actions. But sometimes you just can’t. All you can do is hope for the best. The guy probably realized that this is the one that needs saving.
I’ll just leave off by saying this. You can only help those that make it up in their mind to be helped. Not everyone who bites you upon assistance can’t be helped. Just like not everyone who chooses to be helped can be helped. You have to use decernment.