Frogs hampering travel in Greece!?

We all know of the financial problems plaguing the European country of Greece. Then yesterday, I read a weird news report that described Greece experiencing yet another kind of plague. Apparently, a major highway in Greece was being overrun by millions of frogs! The irony here, from my perspective, is that this affliction of amphibians served as a wonderful metaphor for Greece’s financial woes.

This perspective was gained from studying the theological ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, whose approach to biblical interpretation (exegesis) was that God’s Holy Word contained deeper levels of meaning. On these deeper levels, the message of the narratives in Scripture went beyond the literal and historical description and used each event to point out the changing qualities of the human mind and heart. In other words, the stories of Holy Scripture contained purely spiritual levels of meaning.

This deeper symbolic level is operational even in the Old Testament account of Pharaoh being plagued by frogs in Egypt. Swedenborg claimed that “frogs” represent a state of the human mind and spirit that reasons from false principles and “lower” or worldly precepts, rather than from God’s precepts.

I found it interesting that Greece’s financial problems were a direct result of faulty reasoning and worldly decisions. God did not play a role in these decisions. In fact, God seems to be playing less and less of a role within the European worldview. So the symbolism gets better and even more relevant as we look closer at all the elements of this situation.

The road that these frogs were amassing on is a major “northern” highway in Greece. According to Swedenborg’s understanding of Bible imagery, “north” signifies and represents individuals who are not of a church and in obscurity of God’s teachings. A “highway” or “road” represents a path towards some destination. Therefore, the full metaphor of the situation unfolding in Greece can be biblically interpreted as humankind’s attempt to find happiness from false reasoning and not seeking a spiritual or heaven-bound life. (The riots in Greece are not because its citizens are demanding spiritual benefits and heavenly perks.)

Human attempts at reaching some truly worthy goal (destination) are hindered by false or flawed reasoning, in the same way that any physical form of travel (as in cars) would be hindered by frogs hopping all over the road!

I am hoping that a new generation of politicians will appear on the scene that can truly adapt their decisions and lawmaking to harmonize with spiritual love. That will also require that each citizen adopt similar heavenly principles into their lives.

What an uphill climb!

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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2 Responses to Frogs hampering travel in Greece!?

  1. Roger says:

    I just got my book, “Proving God”. Great work. I am reading it everyday.

    The observation about faulty reasoning applies to the ‘physical’ level as well. We need to respect the laws of physics – the law of the conservation of mass/energy. You cannot get something out of nothing. You cannot create real material prosperity by borrowing. Shifting from Greece to America, the economic collapse of 2008 was caused by ‘unreasonable’ borrowing by the average citizen. Who knows what the consequences of ‘unreasonable’ borrowing by the US government will lead to? If little Greece can cause these global convulsions because of its over-indebtedness, imagine what our American national debt will do if China stops financing our current spending spree! The faulty Keynesian reasoning is that government borrow and spend policies are productive.

    By the way, when I was a kid in the 1960s we would hear the croaking of frogs when we wandered into our suburban neighborhood at night. Not only are frogs absent from our neighborhood, but song-birds have been replaced by crows – and there are no swarms of bees for our kids to be careful of. Our mothers used to tell us to be careful about those bees when we played in our or our neighbors’ backyards. What does this alteration within a generation mean – a suburb without bees, frogs or songbirds?


  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger,

    Thanks for your input. Yes, there is no free lunch!

    I purchased 11 acres in southern Illinois to turn it into my personal wildlife refuge. I am particularly proud that the amphibian and bird population has grown because of my efforts. Last year I spotted my first Scarlet Tanager atop a Black Walnut tree in my nut grove.

    I am happy that you feel you are getting your money’s worth from my new book!

    Spiritually yours,

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