A A Bird in a Cage!
The birds fly because they know they can!
Have you ever felt sometimes like a bird trapped in a cage?
I do not know about you but I as a person do not like to keep or see birds in a cage. It makes me feel very uncomfortable to see them caged in!
These beautiful creatures were meant to spread out their wings and fly – of course with exception of birds like ostriches and others because ‘they are too heavy’ to be able to fly – though they can run very fast – or some even fly low ground in some stretches!
A long time ago my daughter wanted to keep some parrots but a few days later on one of the birds died. She wanted me to replace it – but when no one was looking I opened and set free the other one still alive – but was so distressed – flying around and hitting itself all around in the cage!
Once a friend showed me a bird that she owned which was locked up in a small cage.
My friend told me that the bird was very “smart” and had tried on numerous occasions to break free from the cage. I looked at the colorful little bird as it tried to peck its way out of the bars of the cage. It fluttered about, shook its wings furiously. But to no avail.
It was stuck there, and I listened to my friend who went on and said that the bird had been intelligent enough to lift open the cage door, but as it was about to open it fully, she caught it, and
now she locked the door.
I reminded my friend that – Birds Were Created to Fly! Not to be caged in!
Now, I don’t spend so much of my attention on birds, but I suppose I looked at this bird and I really felt sorry for it. As it spread out its wings and tried to fly, it could not. It had been caged and trapped.
Humans are a bit strange and weirdos for wanting to cage up birds in tight spaces.
It’s sometimes been asked of me, what kind of animal I’d like to be if I were one. The same question was asked to me by a Hindu friend who believe in reicarnation. He asked me – in your next life – what would you like to be?
The answer I usually give is that I would like to be an eagle and soar above the clouds, through the skies and look down on the earth. Unfortunately, this bird in the cage could not do that. It could
not do what it instinctively and naturally was made to do. It really was strange.
A Metaphor for Our Human Existence
I think there is a lesson here, even for us humans. Don’t you ever feel sometimes like you are a bird, trapped in a cage? You feel like you can soar above into the skies. You try as hard as you can to escape monotony and boredom and pain. Yet you feel like you keep ending up in your cage.
Fortunately for humans, we actually have more freedom. We have choice. We have the ability to challenge and change our circumstances. Many of the “cages” of human existence are all in the mind.
A Lesson for Leaders
Entrepreneurs, social innovators and people wanting more passion in their lives should remember this truth: The limits upon you are only the limits that you place upon yourself.
B Doubts of A Little Camel.
A little camel wanted to ask its mother some questions.
Son Mother, may I ask some questions?
Mother Sure, why my son, is there something bothering you?
Son Mother, why do camels have humps?
Mother Well son, we are desert animals, and we need the humps to store water and we are
known to survive without water for a long period of time
Son Okay, then why are our legs long and our feet rounded?
Mother Son, obviously they are meant for walking in the desert better than anyone does
Son Just one more question, Mother
Mother Yes Dear
Son Okay, than why are our eyelashes long? Sometimes it bothers my sight!
Mother My son, those long thick eye lashes are your protective cover. They help to protect your eyes from the desert sand and wind.
Son I see! So the hump is to store water when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert and these eyelashes to protect my eyes from the desert sands
Son What the Hell are we doing in the zoo?
Skills, talents, abilities and experiences are only useful if you are at the right place!
Where are you now? Desert or Zoo?
C The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
From Aesop’s Fables.
A Country Mouse invited a Town Mouse, an intimate friend, to pay him a visit and partake of his country fare.
As they were on the bare farm lands, eating there wheat-stocks and roots pulled up from the hedgerow, the Town Mouse said to his friend, “You live here the life of the ants, while in my house is the horn of plenty. I am surrounded by every luxury, and if you will come with me, as I wish you would, you shall have an ample share of my dainties.”
The Country Mouse was easily persuaded, and returned to town with his friend. On his arrival, the Town Mouse placed before him bread, barley, beans, dried figs, honey, raisins, and, last of all, brought a dainty piece of cheese from a basket. The Country Mouse, being much delighted at the sight of such good cheer, expressed his satisfaction in warm terms and lamented his own hard fate. Just as they were beginning to eat, someone opened the door, and they both ran off squeaking, as fast as they could, to a hole so narrow that two could only find room in it by squeezing.
They had scarcely begun their repast again when someone else entered to take something out of a cupboard, whereupon the two Mice, more frightened than before, ran away and hid themselves. At last the Country Mouse, almost famished, said to his friend: “Although you have prepared for me so dainty a feast, I must leave you to enjoy it by yourself. It is surrounded by too many dangers to please me. I prefer my bare farm lands and roots from the hedgerow, where I can live in safety, and without fear.”
D The Chained Elephants
It is all Psychological!
My Indian friend was telling me that despite the great animal in elephant’s intelligence and smartness human beings are always able to control and manipulate their minds – with exception of few rare cases when the elephants run wild! When the elephant is small , one of its feet is chained to a log.
As the elephant gets older and bigger, the chain also gets made bigger. A grown up elephant can easily break up the chain if it really wanted to – but in its young mind frame has been set and it has grown up to believe that it cannot do so! This sticks with the elephant’s mind in its maturity and even in growing up!
E The Human Mind
Even under extreme torture or prisoner of conscience, nobody has yet been able to control the human mind – even if the body is a prisoner – like in Russia, Siberia and now in USA Guatanamo – and even rogue places like in Afghanistan etc.
And the removal now of the element of fear in The Arab Countries. But human beings never learn their lessons – even if they see it live oin TV – and just a few days back!
Allah God Protect and Preserve Us All Amin Amen!
Majid Al Suleimany
October 12th 2011