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Bird's Eye Comic Strip Story 11: The Hungry Pigeon

Description: A hungry pigeon begs for food. A generous man offers the pigeon something to eat. However, the pigeon is not content with the man's offering.

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


Buddhists are encouraged to be grateful for the kindness and support they receive from others. The overall moral framework of Buddhism encourages individuals to avoid ingratitude and cultivate a sense of appreciation and thankfulness. The practice of metta (loving-kindness) meditation, for example, includes generating feelings of gratitude and goodwill towards others.

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Luke 17:11-19 (New Testament): In this passage, Jesus heals ten lepers, but only one returns to thank Him. Jesus emphasizes the importance of gratitude.

  • "Jesus asked, 'Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?'"

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The Bhagavad Gita teachings emphasize selflessness, compassion, empathy, and respect for all living beings. Practicing these principles can be seen as a way of expressing gratitude for the interconnectedness of life and the opportunity to serve and help others selflessly.

"The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog, and a dog-eater [outcaste]." (BG 5.18)

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In Ifa, there is a strong emphasis on maintaining harmony and balance in one's life, as well as within the community and with the natural world. This emphasis suggests that ingratitude, which can disrupt relationships and harmony, is generally discouraged. Respect and reciprocity are important components of Yoruba culture and spirituality.

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While the primary focus is on gratitude to God, the Quran encourages Muslims to show gratitude to others, including fellow human beings. Acts of kindness and gratitude toward others are seen as virtuous.

  • "And those who are patient, seeking the countenance of their Lord, and establish prayer and spend from what We have provided for them secretly and publicly and prevent evil with good - those will have the good consequence of [this] home - Gardens of perpetual residence; they will enter them with whoever were righteous among their forefathers, their spouses, and their descendants. And the angels will enter upon them from every gate, [saying], 'Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.'" (Quran 13:22-24)

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The Torah also contains stories and admonitions that highlight ingratitude as a negative trait. One notable example is the story of the Israelites' journey through the wilderness after being freed from slavery in Egypt. Despite God's many miracles and provisions, the people often complain and show ingratitude, which is viewed as a form of rebellion against God's guidance.

The Torah also instructs the Jewish people to express gratitude to others. In Leviticus 19:18, for example, there is the principle of "love your neighbor as yourself," which can be seen as a call to treat others with kindness and show gratitude for their help and support.

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Virtue ethics, as expounded by philosophers like Aristotle, emphasizes the development of virtuous character traits. In this framework, ingratitude would be seen as a vice or character flaw because it goes against virtues such as gratitude, kindness, and humility. Virtue ethicists argue that ingratitude is morally wrong as it fails to acknowledge and appreciate the help and support of others.

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Gratitude and thankfulness are important principles in Rastafarianism. Rastafarians often express gratitude to Jah (God) for their blessings and for the beauty of life. They see themselves as children of the Most High, and this acknowledgment of divine parentage encourages a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the gifts of life.

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In the context of Scientology, ingratitude would likely be considered detrimental to one's spiritual and personal growth. Scientologists are encouraged to apply the principles and practices of Scientology in their daily lives, which include concepts like the ARC triangle (Affinity, Reality, and Communication), and maintaining good communication and relationships with others. Being ungrateful or showing disregard for others' help and support may be seen as inconsistent with these principles.

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The Dao De Jing teaches the importance of balance and reciprocity. It suggests that treating others with kindness and respect is a way of maintaining harmony and balance in human interactions, indirectly discouraging ingratitude.

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." -- Dao De Jing

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