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Old 05 September 2013, 05:23 PM
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Chicken The Way of the Eagles

Comment: This isn't exactly a new rumor, but it gets repeated in various
guises in American Christian communications.

The person promulgating the story is making an analogy about God's
protectiveness, and tells about an eagle who carries an eaglet in its
mouth or on its back into the air and then drops it, catching it near the
ground, in order to teach it to fly. Sometimes the action is repeated to
teach the lesson. In other versions, the eaglet is forced out of the nest.

From the modest amount I know of raptors, this is bunk. Most chicks flap,
then hop, flap some more, branch, and eventually fledge. They aren't
tossed out of the nest and they aren't dropped from midair (in part,
apparently, because the chicks weigh too much for mom and dad to carry by
the time they're ready to fly).

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While teaching him to fly, the mother eagle will take her baby high above the clouds, higher than he had ever dreamed of going. The little bird sitting on his mother’s back looking around thinks to himself, "My, how beautiful all this is. This is indeed a mountain top experience. I feel so sorry for those chickens and ducks who cannot get up this high." And just when the bird is enjoying life at its very finest, mother darts out from underneath him, leaving him stranded in mid-air. The little bird begins to flop his wings as hard as he can but his wings will not hold him up. He looks at the ground, it is coming toward him at record speed. The little bird closes his eyes, he doesn’t want to see it when he hits, and just when he is ready to hit the ground, suddenly there is mother’s wing, and on her wing she once again bears him up into the heavens.

Now the mother eagle is flying along with the baby safely on her wing once again. The little bird is thinking to himself, "Wow, I never want to go through that experience again. Mother, if you love me, don’t ever drop me again." Mother flies along until his blood begins to circulate normally again. His heart begins to beat at a comfortable pace again and then, just when he thinks everything is right, suddenly mother’s wing darts out from under him the second time. Once again he falls through the annals of space. His little wings still unable to hold him up, yet they function better than they did the first time. Time after time this mother will catch her baby, take him high into the air and then drop him again, until finally he learns to stretch those God-given wings and soar through the sky the way the Lord meant an eagle to do.

Even then she will not leave her baby, but she stays with him and teaches him how to build a nest. She teaches him to hunt, and to be the kind of eagle God meant him to be. Isn’t that exactly the way God deals with us?

But sometimes the baby eagle will refuse to learn to fly. After being dropped several dozen times he thinks to himself, "Why should I try to fly? Mother is going to catch me anyway". So he just folds his wings and lets himself drop. The mother will work with the baby long into the night. Early the next morning she will be back in the heavens again, dropping her baby, screeching at the top of her voice, exhorting him to fly like an eagle.

Finally, after several days of working with her baby, if there are no signs of the desire to fly, she will take him for one final flight, higher than he has ever gone before. Darting out from under him she will leave him to fall to his death on the craggy rocks.

As long as she lives, she will never again return to that place where her baby fell to his death. Psychiatrists have tried to reason why an eagle will do this to its offspring. It is the only bird known to man that would rather have its offspring die this sudden death than to stay in the nest and become the prey of some wild beast or freeze to death on some cold night.

The only answer man has conceived is that somewhere deep within the nature of this mighty and powerful bird is the spirit that would rather have its young die instantly than die some slow and dishonorable death.
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Old 05 September 2013, 05:36 PM
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Apparently these eagles didn't get the memo:
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Old 05 September 2013, 05:42 PM
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I love that they have psychiatrists studying eagles. And baby eagles riding on mom's wing. 'Cause that makes sense....
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Old 05 September 2013, 05:43 PM
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That may be the stupidest thing I've ever heard. "Honor" is not a concept found in nature.
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Old 05 September 2013, 05:46 PM
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It's like Wild Kingdom, if it was narrated by a complete idiot without a script who wasn't paying attention to the video.
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Old 05 September 2013, 05:57 PM
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The little bird begins to flop his wings as hard as he can but his wings will not hold him up. He looks at the ground, it is coming toward him at record speed. The little bird closes his eyes, he doesn’t want to see it when he hits, and just when he is ready to hit the ground, suddenly there is mother’s wing, and on her wing she once again bears him up into the heavens.
Apparently eaglets somehow learn or instinctively understand the concept of "flying," but not "gliding."
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I love that they have psychiatrists studying eagles. And baby eagles riding on mom's wing. 'Cause that makes sense....
And how about those eaglet mind readers? "I feel so sorry for those chickens and ducks who cannot get up this high."
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Old 05 September 2013, 06:26 PM
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This is a similar method my father used to train us to ride bicycles with holding on and running behind, then letting go replacing flying high and dropping. He'd follow behind and catch us if we started to tip too far. My sister didn't want to learn to balance as she knew that Dad would catch her if she tipped.

ETA: I mean my late sister. The truck driver was really nice about it though.
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Old 05 September 2013, 07:20 PM
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GenYus you're terrible!
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Wait a minute, so the baby eaglet is hurtling towards earth at terminal velocity, and landing on mommy's wing doesn't hurt it or the mommy? Or is the mommy doing some sort of maneuver in which she gradually arrests the baby's fall?

Reminds me of this
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I feel so sorry for those chickens and ducks who cannot get up this high." And just when the bird is enjoying life at its very finest, mother darts out from underneath him, leaving him stranded in mid-air
So ducks don't fly high?

and how does she "dart" out from under him if he's sitting on her back?
(I'm envisionning the mother suddenly speeding up, a white cloud behind her to show how fast she's going a la road runner, the little baby's head staying in the air, long after it's body's begun falling., his wing holding a little sign that says "uh-oh!")

Don't these people possess an ounce of logic?

I mean, by following this train of thought, it must mean there is a finite amount of logic in the universe, and by concentrating it her at the ULMB we are actually encouraging the flourishing of stuff like this!
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Wait a minute, so the baby eaglet is hurtling towards earth at terminal velocity, and landing on mommy's wing doesn't hurt it or the mommy? Or is the mommy doing some sort of maneuver in which she gradually arrests the baby's fall?

Reminds me of this
If that's teh BBT discussion of Clark Kent catching Lois Lane, that's what I thought too!
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So ducks don't fly high?

and how does she "dart" out from under him if he's sitting on her back?
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"Slam on the brakes, and they'll fly right by"
- Maverick
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and how does she "dart" out from under him if he's sitting on her back?
Ejection seat.

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This is total BS. The Way of the Eagles is to Take It Easy.

For one of the Eagles it's the Rocky Mountain Way.
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This is total BS. The Way of the Eagles is to Take It Easy.

For one of the Eagles it's the Rocky Mountain Way.
Well, who are they going to believe, you or their Lyin' Eyes?
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This is total BS. The Way of the Eagles is to Take It Easy.

For one of the Eagles it's the Rocky Mountain Way.
But they live Life in the Fast Lane. Any resulting casualty would therefore be a Victim of Love.
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So ducks don't fly high?
Their quacks don't echo either!


In the Long Run, though, those eagles will learn to fly...well Fly Like An Eagle.
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Old 09 September 2013, 04:13 PM
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Their quacks don't echo either!


In the Long Run, though, those eagles will learn to fly...well Fly Like An Eagle.
I Can't Tell You Why but 'Fly Like An Eagle' isn't the Eagles, though...

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I'm confused as to why Christians would be pushing this story, since it justifies euthanasia.

"My kid can't fly, so I'll kill him."
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