As I am holding the bird and letting it adjust to the wonderful Bach flower essence remedy, my mind wandered to what is going on in our country. We are so polarized, severely so. There is the saying that birds of a feather stick together but we are the great melting pot in this country so we have so many different kinds of birds. That fact leaves us all to deal with the conundrum of how in the world can we feel like one flock.
Here's the deal. I think we are painted in a corner. We have no choice anymore but to find a way to be one flock. We can fight it, even make it a virtue to identify with one's own tribe calling that loyal and patriotic. There have been times in our evolution when that has been a beautiful thing but the world is changing, and getting smaller. We identify with segments of humanity at great risk to the whole of humanity. For some, this is a bitter bitter pill to swallow.
I chose this picture on this blog not just to share my rescued bird's image with you but to suggest that something about what dolphins know about how to handle differences may be the very thing we humans need to learn from. So what does pod consciousness know? I think dolphins are geniuses at knowing how to honor themselves and the whole at the same time, not an easy thing to do. They have few enemies in the diverse ocean population. Yes, they eat fish to live but other than that, their phiolsophy is to be curious, be interested and even be caring towards that which is different from them (including us humans when they help us out, which they have been doing throughout history). Humans, on the other hand, want the 'other' to become one of us. We are more interested in converting than in understanding things like . . . how come you are the way you are?
The bird of a new feather of which I speak is a new kind of human that KNOWS, everyone holds a piece of truth. Everyone counts. And lastly, we all need all the pieces of truth represented in human form. This new kind of human, this new bird, is one I firmly believe is being birthed in this century, and after our recent election, I think America is being given a chance to figure out how to facilitate this birthing. This new human is a global citizen and knows it. That is not to say you have to deny your lineage or forget that you love your country for the good it has provided you with. It is just to say, something wonderful is happening about the very fact that the world is now smaller and we don't want to miss the gift.
I always wonder when the little rescued bird flies off, does he report good things to his feathered friends about the 'other' that I must surely appear to be to him? I hope so.