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He showed me a painting of a bird. Swift movements, smooth angles; the essence of aerodynamics. He told me that flying is the act of perfection. He told me how birds are freedom itself. He regarded them as delicate, perishable beings that disappear if touched. To him, birds were the ideal that you can only earn towards, but never reach.

"Do you now understand Birds, my child?" he asked me.

"I do. I've always understood them. I've always known the Truth about Birds. You, however, do not. You only see them as a Symbol of the Humans."

Real birds, however, are neither delicate, nor perfect. Real birds are rough and tough. Real birds need strength. Strength to fly, strength to feed their chicks, strength to defend themselves. Even mother cuckoos need strength to lay eggs that exhaust them and could never be cared for in such an exhausted state.

Real birds are dinosaurs. Real birds had feathers and hollow bones and toothed beaks before they could fly. Real birds fight among themselves. They have strict social rules and strict songs that serve pragmatic purposes and not beauty. Real birds exist for themselves, not for humans. Therefore, humans are delusional for creating their own Birds in their head.

"You want the ugly truth and not the illusion" he told me disappointed.

"I want the Truth. The Truth is always beautiful once you dissect it and understand it. The more you know about the real world, the more you come to appreciate it."

"You seek the Crow and not the Nightingale."

"I seek the Crow because he is smart. I seek the Crow because he is different, adaptable, ever-changing. I seek the Crow because I can learn from him. The Nightingale, however, is just one in many songbirds that our Human mind has granted special favor; for, not understanding the purpose of his song, we invented one for ourselves."

"You seek the darkened, stained Black and not the pure White."

"I seek the whole spectrum. Black is the absence of light and White is light itself. I seek to see all colors and choose the ones that soothe my mind. I seek equilibrium and not extremes."

"My child, you only see Reality and not one glimpse of Imagination."

"Yes; but Reality is beautiful enough for me to be happy and content. And the more real it is, the more I love it."
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What are birds? We just don't know. :iconquestionmarkplz:

10 minute inspiration story. This is the exact kind of unplanned text that I usually dislike writing, yet still create every once in a while.

It addresses two major things:

1) All professors at my college talk about concepts and ideas and 'deep' meanings surrounding something (from a philosophical point of view), but know NOTHING about the real thing and how it works from a practical point of view. I guess that's just how architecture college works.

2) To me, knowing and understanding the truth, the causes and effects that affect certain objects, animals, plants etc. makes them more interesting and in my mind, interest=beauty.
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TheUnsquishedGoomba Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like it a lot. I think professors can be like that whatever part of the world you come from. So wrapped up in their own ideas, like some sort of bubble that resists being popped by the pin of reality.

Or something.

sii-kei Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ha! That's a very clever way of describing them and I have met quite a lot of professors like that in college. In fact, I'd even venture out and say that's the norm in architecture school!

Off topic: I love your username!
TheUnsquishedGoomba Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :)
RustyMutt Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love every part of this. I don't know why, but I just do.
sii-kei Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! It means quite a lot to me. :)
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sii-kei Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you ever so much! It is an honor to be featured! :D
Trudy90 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely text!:)
sii-kei Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D
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