The Tall Tale
I read the Conference of the Birds many years ago, when I took a religious studies class at college. The Conference of the Birds was on our reading list for the week we studied Islam. A masterpiece of Persian literature by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar. In the poem, the birds seek guidance, but have none. And we come to see how each of the birds represent a flaw that prevents humankind from attaining enlightenment. I'm not a religious or spiritual man. I find faith in hope, fairness, kindness & the mind-blowing wonder of no one reeeeeeeally knowing what's going on in this topsy-turvy place we all call home. But a good story—be it religious or not—never fails to move me. The best stories shift my focus so much that I never see our world the same way again. And the Conference of the Birds is on my list of life-changers.
Sources Of Inspiration
The Conference Of The Birds • The Neverending Story • Labyrinth • Moorish Menageries • Andalucia
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