Why are Poison Dart Frogs posionous in the first place?

Poison frog aren’t poisonous innately. They become that way because of what they consume. I know people like that.

We become what we consume

Poison dart frogs are well known for their bri...
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The most poisonous thing on the planet is a frog; more specifically, it’s the Golden Poison Frog with enough venom to kill between 10-20 humans or two elephants.

But the interesting thing with the Golden Poison Frog – or any poison frog for that matter – is that they aren’t inherently poisonous. They become poisonous from the specific things they eat; if you took baby frogs and fed them things that didn’t have the poison, they wouldn’t be poisonous.

They become poisonous because of what they consume.

On a related note, I’ve come to realize that I know people that consume a steady diet of outrage, and because of that they’re outraged all the time. Or perhaps it’s reversed and they’re outraged all the time and then consume a steady diet of more outrage.

Still others have a steady diet of stupidity, and they’re stupid all the time. And it goes on.

Young, broken people grow up to be old, broken people and after a while you can tell who’s going to end up which.

And I’m finding out that they’re every bit as poisonous to me as those frogs. So I keep my distance.

After all, a frog in a well knows nothing of the ocean and I like to know of oceans.

Conversely, however, I’m also finding that I have more optimistic, worldly, and ambitious people in my life than I might have otherwise expected. And these people consume those things that make them more optimistic, more worldly, and more ambitious.

These people I don’t keep at a distance.

Finally, I’ve been dreaming of the other side again. Just this past weekend, had a dream I lived in Gibraltar.

I’ll tell you about it someday.

Location: the start of a NYC heat wave
Mood: relaxed
Music: again, and again, I think I will break but I mend
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6 replies on “Why are Poison Dart Frogs posionous in the first place?”

Well said! Thanks for this post (and all of your posts!).
I’ve learned to stay near ambitious, positive, worldly people as well. Now that I think of it, I can barely remember the last time I hung out with any of the poisonous ones!
Interested in hearing about this dream of yours… (It’s lovely on the other side!…Well, for me at least.)

Thanks, Genobloise!

I think it’s related to the fact that we become like those we hang out. The constantly negative and angry ones never seem to move from that sport either physically or meta-physically. And it’s exhausting.

The positive and ambitious people are the opposite, I think. They’re always raising me up – often without knowing it. I find that when I’m around people like that, I’m just slightly better off afterwards.

As for my dream, just me thinking of living in Europe or Asia again. Although I’m not sure I’d really do anything all that different from what I’ve done.

And you? It looks like you’re having an amazing time where you are now! How’s teaching?

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