You undoubtedly have heard this metaphor: if you throw a frog into boiling water, it will jump out, but if you place the frog into cold water and turn up the heat, it will become accustomed to the increasing heat and eventually get cooked. Gross! This metaphor is used not only by Mormon missionaries and Gospel Doctrine teachers, but by all sorts of religious teachers and political commentators. And I find it sickening.
Is it true that frogs will be complacent in the face of rising heat? Apparently not. But aside from the veracity of the underlying facts, why would we want to conjure an image of someone experimenting like this on live frogs? For me the whole thing sounds like Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy in training.
[Editor’s Note: Gordon heard this metaphor again in Church today, and that set him off. He is expected to be back to his usual even-tempered self by tomorrow.]