Thursday, February 03, 2011

Can vs Want

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.

Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, "May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem." So he cried out to his court, "Go and get a farmer."

In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, "Bring me the doer of this miracle."

The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, "How did you make the falcon fly?"

With head bowed, the farmer said to the king, " It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting."


Suttfied this from a fwd. My take on this is a bit different. Everyone has potential.
Some want to fulfill their potential and proceed to do it. Some know they can realise their potential if they give a small try..but are complacent/lazy enough not to give that try. For those people, the branch has to break on its own, as they would be fiercely protective of it.

Everyone WANT to be loved..but how many CAN actually??
Everyone CAN fall in love..but how many WANT to??
Everyone WANT to be good..but how many CAN?
Everyone CAN be generous and share their good fortune..but how many WANT to?

I dunno which bird i am..maybe a bit of both i guess :) But i get bored with branches very fast and atleast move across them :) So...moral of the story:
Make your own moral. Stories are just meant to entertain :)


Ramesh said...

Wow Gilsu - you are in a philosophical vein these days.

Gilsu CAN and WILL.

The Informant said...

I stumbled on your blog and I realized we have the same page layout. Lol come check for yourself.

UmaS said...


Phoenixritu said...

Very profound and practical at the same time

Claudia Ka said...

Hello, how are you?
I am from Brazil and visited your blog. I Have a musical blog, and I would like your visit. We would be virtual friends...

Regards, Claudia.

Asha said...

Absolutely. Narrate the story and let the listener find the moral.

Claudia Ka said...

Hello !
There are google translator into my blog... You can learn this in so many languages!
Claudia Ka.

RamMmm said...

Can your wants and at times want your cans. :)

Enna dhaan irundhaalum maraththu melayae ukkaaruvaenna eppdi. irnagi vaanga, :-)

Me said...

Okay Mr. Multiple Personality, I liked this post! Firstly because it is in English and secondly, I like your thought process

Anonymous said...




:) yes we do have same layout.



Anonymous said...


:) thanks


welgum welgum :)



Anonymous said...


true..wl give it a try once again


unga profile picla irukarthu ninja hatori thaana? :)



PK said...

loved the story and its moral...


RamMmm said...

ha ha ha. adhu Doraemon. :-)
Animated GIF pannaa thaan ella cartoonaiyum poda mudiyum. :-)

Anonymous said...




ooh yeah...enga veetuku pakkathu veetu kutti vanthu correcta solithu..ithu yaaru intha cartoon poturukaangannu..naan thaan name thappa adichiten :)