A Flock of Birds
A Tale from India
There was once a flock of birds peacefully eating seeds under a tree. A hunter came along and threw a heavy net over them. He said, “Aha! Now I have my dinner!”
All at once the birds began to flap their wings. Up, up they rose into the air, taking the net with them. They came down on the tree and, as the net snagged in the tree’s branches, the birds flew out from under it to freedom.
The hunter looked on in amazement, scratched his head and muttered, “As long as those birds cooperate with one another like that, I’ll never be able to capture them! Each one of those birds is so frail and yet, together they can lift the net.”