Tag Archives: humanity

Desperation and Fear

14 Aug

There's just a moment in time, if you find the right balance between desperation and fear, you can make people believe anything.
Trevor Noah

What We Believe In

19 Feb

If you want to see what a society really believes in, look at what the biggest buildings on the horizon are dedicated to.
Joseph Campbell

The Truth

12 Feb

You can't know the whole truth, but if there is one it lies in the space between people.
David Cart

The Hawks, the Crows, and the Ducks

12 Feb

We have some ducks that live in the back yard. Three to be exact. They eat bugs and weeds, lay eggs, and chase away the occasional stray cat that wanders into the yard. They also “talk” to the other birds in the neighborhood. You can regularly hear the ducks in some sort of call & response “conversation” with the many crows. It was creepy at first, as if they might all be plotting to take over the humans. But I’ve come to accept it now.

Today I heard the crows squawking, as they often do, but then I heard the ducks shuffling down a little hill. I went outside to see what was going on and saw the ducks had taken cover underneath some bushes near the house. Overhead there were two hawks circling my backyard. Each one was being trailed closely by a crow. Shortly thereafter the hawks broke their pattern and headed off to the northeast, with the crows hot on their tails. A few minutes later, the crows returned to their perch in a neighbors tree with no hawks in sight.

This isn’t the first time the crows have appeared to send out some warning sign to the ducks. And it’s certainly not the first time the crows have gone after the hawks.  They’re always messing with them. But it makes me wonder why. What do the crows get out of it? Are the ducks giving them some eggs before we can collect them? Giving them tips on where the best bugs are? Chasing squirrels away from the fruit trees so the crows can get a taste? I doubt it. Which means the crows are just doing the ducks a solid. Looking after the lesser, defenseless kin in their kingdom. If you’ve seen American Sniper or are familiar with some of the post-9/11 military vernacular this may sound familiar. It’s similar to the wolves, sheep and sheepdogs comparison they use. But less about meeting violence with violence.

The crows remind me of a quote by the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel, “If you know four notes, teach someone who knows three.” The crows may not be the top of the food chain, but they’re helping out where they can. We should all be more like crows.


Pessimists and Optimists

11 Feb

The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.
Mark Twain


10 Feb

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes

Peace and Freedom

20 Jan

The Nation has not yet found peace from its sins; the freedman has not yet found in freedom his promised land.
W.E.B. Du Bois

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21 Feb

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
George Orwell, Animal Farm


11 Jan

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less and stop watching ourselves live.
Nicolas Chamfort

Change is Constant

1 Jan

None of us are born in to the world we live in.
Mark Cuban