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Author: arrete Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 748997  
Subject: The Monkey, The Parrot and The Owl: A Parable Date: 4/30/2003 8:58 AM
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Once upon a time there was a Monkey who wasn't afraid of hard work but preferred to play. He came up with the idea that if he worked on building a cache of bananas, nuts and Purina Monkey Chow, that he could go back to playing all the time. The Monkey eagerly told the other animals of the jungle his plan and showed them how it worked. Some of the other animals immediately thought it was a good idea so they started working hard to save their favorite Purina Chow so they too could play all the time. Other animals were slower at saving their Chow or had different ideas on the best way to get the Chow, but they were all working towards a common goal.

A Parrot flew into the community, and at first encouraged them with stories about how nice it would be when they got to the Nirvana of playing and how if they didn't eat all their Chow now, they could save it for the future. Then the Parrot migrated for a while. Meanwhile, many of the animals had reach playing Nirvana, and continued playing by telling each other stories about silly animals they heard about on the jungle drums or stories about how happy they were to be in playing Nirvana. And they would also tell new animals about saving their Chow so they could later play all the time, too.

Then the Parrot came back, and started to tell the animals that they were saving their Chow all wrong. At first, the other animals listened, but after a while, they got tired of it. The Monkey put up with the Parrot saying inaccurate things about how the Monkey saved his Chow, patiently correcting the Parrot. However the Parrot started squawking that he wasn't being allowed to talk. Which surprised the animals very much because, well, he had already been doing so much talking. He kept nagging the Monkey until the Monkey started flinging monkey poo past the Parrot's ear.

The other animals started asking the Parrot questions, but he would evade them and keep on squawking that the Monkey wouldn't let him say what he wanted. This went on for a very long time, with the squawking getting so unbearable at times that the other animals couldn't hear each other.

Then an Owl flew in. He patiently listened to the Parrots story and thought there might be some merit. The Owl had an idea that would make a lot of work for the Owl but maybe it would clear the air and let the other animals know different stories, including the Parrot's, about how to reach Chow heaven. He said he would talk to several animals that had gotten their chow in different ways or that had good stories about playing in Chow Nirvana.

So he talked to the animals one at a time. The other animals could stand together and discuss what was going on, but the Owl and his discussion choice would just talk to each other. Most of the other animals supported this – after all it couldn't hurt. A funny thing happened. The Parrot started squawking at the Owl. The Parrot had been having such a good time saying he wasn't allowed to talk that he was astounded when the Owl showed that there really was a way to talk and went ahead and did it.

As the Owl and his discussion choices (the Party Animal (Have fun!) and the Badger) had their discussions that everyone could listened to, the squawking started getting louder. The Owl was now the center of attention because he was providing the animals with a real service and the Parrot didn't like that one bit. Even though the Parrot could have provided the same service, he kept squawking that he wasn't allowed to talk. Ultimately the squawking got so unbearable, that no one could hear anything but the squawks. The Monkey was asked by the other animals to do something about the cacophony, and though he was reluctant, he would do something if most of the animals were terribly offended by the squawking.

And so there it stands. The Owl trying to provide the other animals with interesting stories while being drowned out by the din made by the Parrot as well as personally attacked by the Parrot.

I, for one, am going to go back and reread the discussion by the Party Animal and the Badger in thread mode, and hope that the squawking isn't too deafening.

arrete
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