Thursday, 12 July 2007

Revenge of the ugly duckling

This would have been a somewhat different outcome for Hans Christian Andersen! The story is from “The Courier” (it’s like a newspaper) -

Big male swan kills almost all of the ducklings in the pond that they share. OK, so it’s not the nicest story in the world. But it strikes me that it could be a modern-day parable in the mould of Nathan rebuking David (2 Samuel 12).

I’ve often wondered where Jesus drew the inspiration for his parables from. I imagine him racking his brains to try to find ways to explain his message to the disciples and crowds.

"Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message."
Malcolm Muggeridge

So what is the message of the killer swan parable?

Well, maybe it’s about ‘nimby-ism’. Those with power don’t want others getting in the way of their environment. Think about asylum seekers, refugees (with numbers at record levels), care in the community… Just think about it!

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