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Bird's Eye Comic Strip Story 15: The Duck and the Puddle

Description: A duck's favourite puddle gets covered up so she could no longer enjoy her frequent puddle baths. This compels her to explore other areas. A surprise awaits her.

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


The Tipitaka teaches that suffering (dukkha) is an inherent part of life due to the constant change and impermanence of all things. Suffering arises when individuals cling to or desire things that are constantly changing, causing dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) teaches about the seasons of life, emphasizing that there is a time for everything: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." This passage recognizes the inevitability of change and the importance of timing in life.

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The Bhagavad Gita emphasizes that all things in the material world are subject to change. The Gita teaches that the physical body, emotions, and external circumstances are constantly changing and temporary. Arjuna, the protagonist of the Gita, is encouraged to recognize the impermanence (Anicca) of the physical world.

The Gita ultimately points toward the importance of self-realization and the realization of one's divine nature. By recognizing the unchanging aspect of the self (the Atman) beyond the changing material world, individuals can find inner stability and serenity.

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Ifa encourages individuals to be adaptable and resilient. Practitioners are advised to embrace change and respond to it with wisdom and courage. The Yoruba worldview acknowledges that change is a natural part of existence, and individuals are called to work with the energies of change rather than resist them.

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The Quran also teaches that individuals should accept and respond to changes and challenges in their lives with patience and trust in God's wisdom. It recognizes that changes, both positive and negative, are part of God's plan.

  • Surah Al-Baqara (2:155) states: "And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient."

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The Torah conveys the hope for change and redemption. It emphasizes the possibility of a brighter future, even in times of adversity, and the expectation of God's ultimate redemption for the people of Israel.

While the Torah does not explicitly focus on the concept of change, it encompasses many teachings and principles that encourage individuals and communities to adapt to changing circumstances, seek moral improvement, and maintain a strong connection to their covenant with God. The evolving interpretation and application of the Torah's teachings in different historical contexts demonstrate the flexibility and adaptability of the Jewish tradition in the face of change.

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Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher, is known for his doctrine of change. He famously stated, "You cannot step into the same river twice," emphasizing the ever-changing nature of reality. According to Heraclitus, change is fundamental, and everything is in a state of flux.

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Rastafarians often emphasize a strong connection to nature and natural rhythms. They view change as an inherent part of life and nature, and they encourage individuals to embrace the natural flow of existence, including the changing seasons and cycles.

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The Tao Te Ching, a central Taoist text, introduces the concept of wu wei, often translated as "non-action." Wu wei does not mean inaction but rather refers to effortless and natural action that is in harmony with the Tao. Taoists believe that by aligning with the Tao and acting in accordance with its flow, one can navigate change with grace and minimal effort.

Acceptance of Impermanence: Taoism recognizes the impermanence of all things and teaches acceptance of this fact. Change is seen as a natural and inevitable part of life, and the wise individual is one who does not resist the flow of change but rather moves with it.

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Other religions are invited to join in and send their input.

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