The Laws of Ducks

Duck Law No. 1
– If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, looks like a duck and swims like a duck, it’s a duck.
– Restatement: All things are known by their attributes.

Duck Law No. 2
– Even under ideal circumstances, no duck, no matter how noble or well-intentioned, can be an eagle.
– Restatement: All things must be what they are.

Duck Law No. 3
– A duck can pretend to be an eagle except in times of adversity.
– Restatement: Pretense and adversity are inversely proportional; adversity reveals the true nature of all things.

Duck Law No 4
– No duck may be an eagle until it abandons its webbed feet and bill for talons and a beak.
– Restatement: All things remain as they are until the attributes that define them are abandoned. Then, and only then, can they evolve.

Duck Law No. 5
– Ducks are noble creatures. They shall not be penalized in the eyes of other creatures because they are not eagles.
– Restatement: All things are honorable if they are what they are honestly, even if they are different from you.

Duck Law No. 6
– The greatest duck that ever was cannot fly as high as even a modest eagle.
– Restatement: If one would soar with eagles, do not swim with ducks.

Duck Law No. 7
– Ducks flock. Eagles fly alone. Ducks and eagles never mingle.
– Restatement: Choose company wisely.

Duck Law No. 8
– A duck’s quack doesn’t echo. No one knows why.
– Restatement: Sometimes there is no answer.

~ by yougottobekidding on October 11, 2011.

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