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Why pigeons love chocolate
There is a little pigeon outside my window. In order to distinguish it from all the other pigeons in the world I will call it Lucy.
Lucy has a problem many other pigeons share. Everyone tells her that she has to like worms. All her friends say:
“Worms are the best thing to eat, full of nutrition, of good proteins. Everyone likes worms! If you don’t like worms you are not a pigeon. Then we don’t play with you anymore!”
But Lucy hates worms! This weird feeling, as if she is eating a jellyfish. And she is even more hungry afterwards!
Every now and then Lucy sneaks out to have some chocolate. She feels horribly guilty afterwards, but she can’t help it. This feeling of melting sugar in her mouth…Sometimes even some caramel would be there, in tiny little bites.
But she is a pigeon! She has to like worms, not chocolate!
One day, Lucy wakes up with a bad hunger for chocolate. She has dreamt of a land with rivers of white chocolate, with fountains of hot chocolate, with houses built of dark chocolate. Lucy thinks what to do.
And she decides: If this is my dream, I will not care about the other pigeons. I will go and have chocolate every time I feel like it. Right now I will eat a big chocolate muffin. And everyone can see!
One month later, Lucy is the world’s only pigeon-owner of a chocolate shop. And she is making good money! Because there are many more pigeons that don’t like worms and love chocolate. Last week even an owl passed by and bought twenty chocolate bars.
What we are today, we are because of opportunities we used. We took risks, though we did not know where they would lead us. We did things we thought no one would understand. This goes for us individually; as it goes for the societies we live in. Meaning: If we avoid taking decisions we will either stay where we are or go to a place someone else wants us to be – but not because we chose so. I’ll have some chocolate now.