A Metaphor for Human Conditioning
Once upon a time, the egg of an eagle landed in a chicken coop. The egg was hatched and the eagle lived the life of a chicken just as he learned it from his peers. He used only his feet to run around as all the other chicken did; he picked food from the ground as all the other chicken did; and, when he saw big birds flying in the sky, he anxiously fled into the chicken house as all the other chicken did. But there was a yearning in him, which was particularly strong when he saw the big birds flying in the sky.
Would it help, if someone told him that he is not a chicken, but an eagle? And that he has wings with which he can fly just as well as the big birds that he is afraid of? No, this would not help. The eagle has learned to be a chicken; he is conditioned to be a chicken; he carries a chicken program that tells him how to behave under which circumstances. This is all he knows since he was born. He feels save and comfortable to “be” a chicken. However, there is this yearning. And this yearning makes him seek. And he has learned to seek for happiness, fulfillment, partnership, success, wealth, and many other things.
Would it help, if the eagle attended an eagle seminar in order to learn to be an eagle? No, this would not help. Learning to be an eagle would install an eagle program that would overlay the chicken program. He may then be able to act like an eagle – but he would not be an eagle.
The only way for the eagle to be what he truly is, is to cleanse himself from the chicken program.
But why did the eagle egg end up in the chicken coop in the first place? The eagle mother had laid it there. Why would an eagle mother lay her egg into a chicken coop? Because the eagle mother also lives in the chicken coop and believes that she is a chicken. In fact, all birds in the chicken coop are eagles who believe that they are chickens. And this has been so for tens of thousands of years …
(c) Bernhard Kutzler 2016-2017