Friday, August 9, 2013

The Legend of the Hummingbird

One day, a long time ago and in a faraway place, or so the legend goes, there was a huge forest fire that was raging the countryside. All the animals were terrified, running around in circles, screaming, crying and helplessly watching the impending disaster.

But there in the middle of the flames, and above the cowering animals, was a tiny hummingbird busy flying from a small pond to the fire, each time fetching a few drops with its beak to throw on the flames. And then again And then again.

After a while, an old grouchy armadillo, annoyed by this ridiculous useless agitation on the part of the hummingbird, cried out: "Tiny bird! Don't be a fool. It is not with those miniscule drops of water one after the other that you are going to put out the fire and save us all! "

To which the hummingbird replied, "Could be, but I'm going to do my bit".



This is actually a rough "translation" of a French version of the story "La légende du Colibri" which reads in the original like this:

Un jour, dit la légende, il y eut un immense incendie de forêt. Tous les animaux terrifiés, atterrés, observaient impuissants le désastre. Seul le petit colibri s’activait, allant chercher quelques gouttes avec son bec pour les jeter sur le feu. Après un moment, le tatou, agacé par cette agitation dérisoire, lui dit : « Colibri ! Tu n’es pas fou ? Ce n’est pas avec ces gouttes d’eau que tu vas éteindre le feu ! »

Et le colibri lui répondit :« Je le sais, mais je fais ma part.

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And this is how Pierre Rabhi tells the story:

* [vimeo http://vimeo.com/32564879]

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