Friday, May 13, 2016

Philosophical Friday: Love hurts (sometimes)

A colourful but poisonous tree frog...

This small and colourful frog can be found at local Butterfly World near Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island.

It may look cute, but it's one of the most toxic animals on the planet. It's a poison dart frog, one of a type used by native South American tribes to poison their hunting darts. It secretes the toxins through its skin.

The good news is that handling it won't harm you unless perhaps you have a cut on your hand. The bad news is that you can very easily kill the frog as the skin through which it breathes can be compromised by the oils on your hand.

When we see something we like, there can be a desire to possess it. And, in doing that, we can destroy everything that made it beautiful in the first place. Sometimes it's better to simply admire beauty from afar.

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