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Bird's Eye Comic Strip Story 09: Two Birds & One Mango

Description: Two birds come face to face. The only thing between them is a single, juicy mango. When presented with an opportunity to do good, what would you do?

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Here are different religious teachings about the moral of this story:


One of the key concepts in Buddhism, including the Tipitaka, is the practice of "Dana" or generosity. The Buddha emphasized the importance of giving and sharing without attachment or expectation of return. Generosity is seen as a virtue that helps individuals cultivate positive qualities, reduce attachment, and create a more harmonious society.

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"All religious have acts of sharing as among the greatest things that human beings can do.  Your ‘Mango partnership’ is an excellent example." -- Archbishop John Holder

"16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." (Hebrews 13:16 NRSVUE Bible)


Dana, or charity, is a fundamental concept in Hinduism. Giving to those in need is considered a virtuous act and is seen as a means of accumulating good karma. The Bhagavad Gita, an important Hindu scripture, mentions the importance of charity as a part of one's dharma. The act of giving should be selfless and without any expectation of return.

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Ase is a fundamental concept in Ifa that represents the divine life force or power. It is believed to be the force that empowers individuals and communities to take positive action. Sharing is seen as a way of circulating and increasing Ase within the community, promoting harmony and prosperity.

Iwa Pele (Good Character): Ifa encourages individuals to develop good character and moral values. This includes practicing generosity and sharing with others, especially in times of need.

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The Quran emphasizes the importance of giving to those in need through the practice of Zakat (almsgiving). Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is obligatory for financially capable Muslims. The Quran mentions Zakat in several verses, including:

"And establish prayer and give Zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves—you will find it with Allah. Indeed, Allah of what you do, is Seeing." (Quran 2:110)

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The ethics of care, as developed by scholars like Nel Noddings and Carol Gilligan, places a strong emphasis on relationships and empathy. Sharing is viewed as an expression of care and an ethical response to the needs of others, particularly in personal and communal relationships.

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Nyabinghi is a Rastafarian gathering or celebration that involves chanting, drumming, and sharing of food. It is a spiritual and communal event where Rastafarians come together to worship, celebrate their faith, and share in the communal experience.

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"The Way to Happiness" is a moral code promoted by Scientology. While it doesn't specifically address sharing, it includes principles related to positive social interactions, mutual respect, and the importance of helping others, which can be seen as aspects of sharing.

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The Tao Te Ching emphasizes the importance of selflessness and non-attachment to material possessions. This aligns with the idea that one should not be possessive or selfish but should be willing to share with others. In Taoism, it is believed that non-attachment can lead to a more harmonious and fulfilling life.

Balance and Harmony: The concept of balance and harmony is central to the Tao Te Ching. Sharing, when done in a balanced and harmonious way, can contribute to the overall well-being of a community. The text encourages individuals to find the middle path and not to hoard or overindulge in material possessions.

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Other religions are invited to join in and send their input

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