Originally Posted by johnspartan
It's a favorite cliche in political speeches... you can't throw a frog in boiling water cuz it'll recognize the emergency and hop out... you have to put it in warm water and SLOWLY apply the heat so it's caught unawares and boils before he knows it.
The application of the story, presumably, is the idea that you can achieve a lot if you're willing to have slow, almost imperceptible progress to a goal.
The application is usually the opposite. All kinds of horrible things can happen if they happen slowly. No one thing is bad enough to draw the line but before you know it, you're the frog.
Ferinstance, steady erosion of civil rights, or increase in sexual permisiveness, or pork budgeting, or partisanship, or hypercompression, or whatever. Everything sucks, but it never stops, because we're like the frog that doesn't notice that it's slowly dying.