A Shrewd Solution to a Complex Problem

A friend gifted the chief of a tribe with two baby eagles. The friend knew of the affection the chief had for birds. The chief trusted an expert trainer with the task of teaching the two eagles how to fly.

Sometime later, the trainer reported to the chief that one eagle flies so well, but the other eagle is sticking to a branch of a tree and refused to fly.

The chief gathered other experts and even doctors to find out the cause of the eagle refusing to fly. They all failed.

The chief then decided to call a wise peasant as a last hope. The next day the peasant reported that the eagle now flies perfectly well. The chief asked him how he managed to solve the problem. The peasant said by cutting off the branch of the tree on which the eagle rested. It had then no chance, but to fly.

We humans are the same as we have our wings cut off with fear and hesitation. We stick to the branches of our beliefs.

Harvey Lloyd commented on my previous post, “Your thoughts brought to mind the idea of fluid dynamics. Risk is always subject to what is front and behind you as you look at situations that are very fluid in nature”.

That is to say, fear in front of you and hesitation behind you. It is like loving two women and not deciding whom to marry. The first woman is in love of your money more than you and you become fearful about her intentions. The second one is pretty, but with strong character and so you hesitate from marrying her.

Fear and hesitation in combination are chilling. They put you on a hamster wheel and you never get out of its cage. It is we with fear and hesitation that keep the hamster wheel turning on.

Worse if we place the hamster wheel on a tree branch for somebody to cut off the branch.

Decide before others decide for you.


Ali Anani
Ali Anani
My name is Ali Anani. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (UK, 1972) Since the early nineties I switched my interests to publish posts and presentations and e-books on different social media platforms.

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  1. This is a great comment, Aldo and makes a good deal of sense.

    One focal point in your splendid comment is “There is no way to solve the problem by waiting for a miracle, if I remain idle I have failed for sure!:

    You remind me of still water versus running water.
    Still water attracts algae, weeds and insects and so becomes turbid, risky to drink and hazardous to the environment.
    It is the same if we stay idle and do nothing. We bring in doubts and all sorts of insect-like ideas nto our minds.

    Moving water is free of all these risks. Let us keep the waters in our minds running to keep them healthy within a healthy environment.

  2. The ability to choose is the faculty that more than any other allows us to live our life to the fullest and as real protagonists.
    What sometimes seems to be the case are the decisions made by others. A result that is triggered when we refuse to make our own choices, when we choose not to make decisions that go in the direction of our fulfillment and our good and also that of those we love.
    There is no way to solve the problem by waiting for a miracle, if I remain idle I have failed for sure!
    We might as well get going, at worst I will have learned something. If it goes well then I take away the problem once and for all. And even if it fails to reach 100% of the desired result, I will still be closer than now.
    And then, sometimes, the solution to the problem is much simpler than you can imagine.