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So I can catch a breeze from the frantic wailing of its legs? No?Is this a trick question?Instead of righting it, I kill it and eat it? Then, use the shell to scoop up any water I find? No?Because, if I right it, it may beat me in a race to a water puddle (I'm very slow)? No?Because, if I right it, it may attack me (I'm very skittish and have turtlephobia)? No?Oh, screw it, I give up. Let's just go with existential sociopathy.Actually, I'd help it. Because we all could use a friend. Even a tortoise. In the middle of the desert.
Because I'm something of a bastard?Pearl
@Laoch, hahaha :)Accurate description of modern times.@Al, lol, nice collection of reasons.It's better than befriending a volleyball.@Pearl, one would have to be in that situation.Want to see what others come up with.
If I hadn't come along, would it have eventually righted itself and gone on it's way? If I did turn it over, it might walk away and become the meal of an animal that preys on turtles, because when it's your time, it's your time? Because as a society, we are getting more and more used to turning our backs on those in need and worrying more about ourselves? Oh...yeah, what Laoch said. Basically. Right?
What desertis it? What's a tortoise? (Sorry, couldn't resist)My answer: I'm the one who flipped him over in the first place. Damn tortoise!
"Nature finds a way"
*walks back and tips tortoise back over*"there you go little guy"...*walks off*
Righting the tortoise will only prolong his suffering and inevitable death without water.
I am a photographer for National Geographic and as we all know we take the pledge not to interfere with nature. ;~)
TOO ALL: I'LL POST THE "ANSWER" IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.@Meg, we are so good at justifying indifference;)Basically, exactly.@Nari, interesting answer. Haven't heard that one before.@Sprite, you just don't play the rules, do you?LOL.@dbs, you are assuming that it is not a desert tortoise, which can survive without water for a year. Yes, I know, I.am.such.a.geek.@Al, lol.You have already given your new friend a name. Aawww.@Nubian, we both know you would not abide by that pledge. See Sprite.:)
@Dbs I knew that too.. GEEK-A-RAMA!@Ant NO, no I don't. heheee!*Feeds tortoise a cactus.....* (that's where they get their water from.. but you knew that already...;)
I don't help because God helps those who help themselves. Even though if they help themselves he doesn't need to help..haha
If I'm stuck walking in a desert, I think I'd be too preoccupied by my own problems at that point.P.S. - Word Verification is 'sings'. If it's a singing turtle on it's back then I'll probably just assume I've also gone insane.
Why would I be walking through a hot desert? And aren't most deserts hot? Of course, depending on how far I've trekked through the hot desert, I may be delusional and dehydrated and rolling on my back as well. Therefore, I might assume I might assume that the tortoise is just having some fun with itself. Hmm... ;)
@Sprie, lol. Nature geeks unite!I meant by the rules. Grammar.Yes, I did too.:)@Pat, thank you for visiting.Good one.@Vinny, I initially answered that I must be in that stage of dreaming where I can't do anything.Hallucinating from walking in the desert is another option.@Jayne, I don't know why you're walking through a desert. During the daytime, they can cool down quite a bit at night.That is possible:)
The answer to this thought-provoking riddle:Because you are also a tortoise.
Tortoises don't help other tortoises in need? Where is the love?
Last time I looked I wasn't...
@Vinny, survival of the most indifferent.;)@Sprite, :)but if you were, you'd have a good excuse to not help;)
Oh, you bad, you got us Ant!
Actually, I can't swear to this but of the three desert tortoises we had as pets during my childhood, I seem to remember them helping (or trying to help) right one another. And whew, finally the answer. I'm afraid I would go against the National Geographic code and right the creature. Interfering with nature...isn't that what got us into this mess?
@Marylinn, just noticed this comment. Sorry.I did not know they did that. Do they?It is thought provoking and when I initially came across it I was trying to figure out what type of situation would make me unable to help.Yes, and ignoring nature.
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