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The King of Birds

By Rutagengwa Claude Shema

Regional Coordinator

Great Lakes Peace Initiative (GLPI)


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     The birds decided to find out which of them was able to fly
highest, to become their king. All of them started at the same
time, and one by one they dropped out, until only the Eagle was
left.  He continued his upward flight higher and higher until he
was totally exhausted, and when he was at his maximum, he
exclaimed:  "See, I have reached the highest point, leaving
everyone else behind!"  At that moment a tiny bird, which had been
riding on his back, leapt off his wing and flew even higher,
because he had conserved his strength.  Since then, this bird is
called the king bird.

     Isaac Newton, the great physicist and discoverer of
differential calculus, once said, "The only reason why I may have
seen farther than others was that I was a dwarf standing on the
shoulders of giants."

     In thinking new thoughts and discovering truth, we have a
great debt to those who came before us.


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