Portrait of a Brahminy Kite
Publishing a portrait of a bird of prey for this post, the brahminy kite. It is also known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia. This is an extraordinary bird…in fact all birds are extraordinary.
Isn’t it weird that in nature, birds have no problems. The trees have no problems. Neither the animals have any problems. It is just us, as humans, have tremendous problems. I think we cannot honestly find a single human being who has no problems.
Nature just is. It behaves exactly the way it was created to behave. A bird will not mistake itself for a fish. There is no problems because they know exactly who they are and what they are supposed to do. There is no other way than to be.
The difference then between that of the flora and fauna to humans is consciousness.
Humans are conscious of themselves. We are conscious that we have choices and that we can choose our actions. But unlike nature, we don’t know who we are. We don’t know what to do with that power of choice. We look left and right, at what others are doing and try to mimic what we think is right.
Hence all the problems. Everyone is different and yet we try to be the same. The more we give up the power to choose, the further we drift from our authentic selves.
In order to mimic, one has to compare. For comparing, one has to be labelled. It is cruel to be labelled, because one might carry that label for the rest of his or her life. He or she might never discover who they are really meant to be. That in itself, of not achieving one’s potential, is one of the greatest loss to humanity.