Supposedly, one of the many ways to boil a frog is to place said amphibian gently in a vat of water–not boiling water (at first), but water at a tempature the frog finds suitable.
The chef then raises the temperature very slowly over a long period. The frog eventually dies, but has no idea what's happening. No lid is necessary. The frog does not even try to escape.
After hearing this, I admit it's remained stuck in my head. I haven't been able to stop looking at the boiling water, the pot, the chef and the the frogs as symbols of things and people and groups in our society today. I asked a friend from work what he thought about it. He–and this is word-for-word what he said–he told me, "Yeah, but a small percentage of the population will jump out of the pot."
I started thinking about that. An endless stream of frogs can, in theory, continue to escape from the pot. But does that change anything?
My question for the comrades is...how long is it until we're all frogs on someone's plate? The rate of development of class consciousness compared to the rate of society rotting does not balance. When are we going to not just confront this fact, but decide, and start to act more accordingly?
Does anyone else feel like we need to hit the reset button on the communist left, and return to a more focused direction both in organization and action? We can just keep fracturing away from each other forever, but there is still more that brings us together as left communists than seperates us. We know which mistakes have been fatal in the past. So why are we so afraid of getting our hands dirty? Why do we have to be so right all the time? In such unsure times? Maybe the usefulness of intervention is the act of intervening, not necessarily the act of intervening only with the correct position, and what you as a militant take back from that?