Thursday, July 16, 2009

Birds and Windows

James 1: 23-25 (NIV Bible) - Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what is says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like

The Bird and Its Reflection

From my office cubicle, I have observed and come to the conclusion that one of man's creations that is most harmful to birds are windows. Tinted windows, dirty windows, shiny windows, clean windows, reflective windows, somehow they just throw a bird's senses out of whack.

Ever since I started work here, I have observed two birds crashing into the window. One died of a broken neck but the other survived, albeit a bit stunned for a full ten minutes.

Another almost daily affair is a pair of bulbuls who attack and taunt their reflection, fully unaware of that person on the other side, busy snapping their antics with his handphone.

My latest daily visitor for the past three days has been the oriole (I think) in the above picture who has come to make squawks at me during different times of the day. Of course , it's not squawking at me.. it's attracted to its reflection. When it happens, one colleague loves to repeat this statement "Your lovebird has come again". I have no idea why people love to repeat the same lame remark day after day. It might be perceived as cute but repetitions just make the speaker look lame and annoying. Extremely annoying.

Anyway, as usual, Jonzz will draw some parallels, then try to say something clever and philosophical about this.

In life, we will observe many things happening around us. I think most people are born with that busybody gene in their bodies. They just like to interfere in things that have absolutely nothing to do with them. Of course, this may sometimes go badly with them since nobody likes a busybody. They end up like the birds that just go crashing through the window. Me? After much broken glass, I'd rather stay on my side of the window.

At other times, we are like the other bird who interacts with its reflection in the window. We judge others and argue with others, not realizing that, we are judging ourselves because we behave the same way. But then, it would take a very humble and reflective person to realize that.

OK, enough philosophical crap. I'm stopping here before I turn into a complete bird brain.


Medie007 said...

Your lovebird has come again. *smiles*

ironically, your word verification is "tragic"

fable frog said...

wah~ so philosophical~!! impressed... but yerrr so jeles you have birdies come visiting! Or shall i say, your lovebird? i only get bugs~ :(

Leu said...

haha~ u r so cute... poor birdy birdy

Sasha said...

annoying ppl get more attention ma. Annoy u makes u angry, better than no feeling towards them at all.

foongpc said...

So nice your office, can observe birds everyday?

A good attempt at saying something clever and philosophical : )

TZ said...

Birdie accompany while you are working ... so nice environment... we get all the metal producing noise and polluting the air :p

doc said...

contrary to what you wrote, we can all learn a little bit about your so-called "philosophical crap". to be frank, i've never thought of live being divided to 2 sides separated by a window.

perhaps, what you need is more bird friends, & i don't mean the feathered kind. ha ha!

EastCoastLife said...

Poor birds! Crashed into window pane. It must be shocking to witness that.

Stopping by to say 'Hey'. :)

Annie said...

How so very strange Jonzz. I have a bird who keeps slamming into my bedroom window. There's some reflective film that mirrors the bird and she's protecting a nest near by. I slapped on some aluminum foil on the window on the outside so the bird doesn't actually see her exact reflection and it's subsided a little. I like your metaphor. What do they say is insanity? Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result? We do that a lot. It's true

wuching said...

stewpig bird

TZ said...

Birdie already flown away... when r u going to update your blog ??? :p

fufu said...

i am a bird too... and i fly higher than any bird :) pity for your lovebirds XD