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CRABS IN A BARREL: IF I CAN'T, YOU CAN'T

By Vernalee

There is a phrase commonly referred to as “Crabs in a Barrel.” Essentially, it means that if I can’t have something, neither can you. This phrase takes its metaphor meaning from the crabs. Through their very nature, crabs have the tendency to pull at the other. As soon as one ascends a few inches, the other pulls it down. Subsequently, none or few of the crabs can escape or get out because of this pulley effect.

Human nature can be no different. Some folks pull down the other because of jealousies, spite, egos, and envies; some for no specified reason. Rather than see someone achieve success, they will contribute to their demise. They harbor resentment to the other’s success, particularly if it is greater than theirs! It is a short sighted way of thinking, but a reality that unfortunately exist for too many folks! They regard their actions as a contest. Duh! No one should take pride in holding someone down.

Their animal like portrayals to the crabs’ shells, claws, and tails keep getting in the way of their thinking, activity, and progress. How unfortunate! They intentionally get in the way of others and periodically get in the way of themselves. People just like crabs fail to realize one thing. If everyone is pulled down, no one moves; no one reaches the top. All movement is stymied. It’s a “funny” thing – Holding others down can hold you back! Photo credit: www.crabs2.com

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