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The Xenophile Historian

K. U. P.

(Kimball's Unauthorized Perversion)

The Eagle and the Chickens

I heard this story on a tape back in the 1990s. It tells us to become what we were born to be, not what we think we are. Several versions exist on the Internet, but this is the closest to what I remember.

When someone mentions an eagle, what do you think of in your mind?

Many people imagine a big bird, soaring high in the air, with its wings spread out, moving around gracefully with so little effort.

The eagle has very sharp eyes which can see a long distance. When it sees a meal, like a rabbit on the ground, it can come down very fast and grab the animal with its sharp claws.

The eagle is called the king of the birds. It has great strength, super vision and really strong claws.

A story is told of a farmer who found an eagleís egg. He took it to his chickens and put it in a mother hen's nest.

Soon the egg hatched. The young eagle grew up with all the other chickens. Whatever the chickens did, the eagle also did. He thought he was a chicken, just like them.

Since the chickens could only fly for a short distance, the eagle also learned to fly a short distance. He thought that was what he was supposed to do. So that was all that he thought he could do. And that was all he was able to do.

One day, while pecking for corn on the ground, the eagle saw a bird flying high above him. He was very impressed, and thought it would be neat to fly like that. "Who is that?" he asked the hens around him.

"Thatís the eagle, the king of the birds," the hens told him. "Pay no attention to him. He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth. We are chickens."

So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for thatís what he thought he was.

What leaders and eagles have in common.

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