Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | September 1, 2008

Free As A Bird

GeeseI watched a flock of Canadian geese fly overhead today. They looked so unassuming and so carefree as they soared above the landscape. I am not sure where they were flying from or where they were headed, but a few things about their flight are certain:

  • It is certain that they will need to provide no papers or passports as they move from place to place, even as they cross international borders.
  • It is certain that they need carry no driver’s or pilot’s licenses, or certificates of insurance.
  • They will pay no tolls or follow any particular rules of the road as they pursue their winged journey.
  • They do not need to be at the airport two hours prior to departure, or go through a degrading screening process before beginning their travels.
  • Property rights mean nothing to them; they can land where they wish along the way and stay as long as they like.
  • They will need no cash or credit cards to fund their trip. And they will get no bills in the mail when they return home.
  • They are not mandated to wear seat belts or strap their young ones in government-approved travel seats.
  • When they arrive at their final destination they will need no zoning or building permits to build their nests. They will need no inspections of their structures, their electrical systems, their plumbing systems.
  • They will pay no income tax, sales tax, property tax, assessments, or fees of any type.
  • While it is certain that these geese have their own sets of rules that they follow (they do, of course, always fly in that distinctive “V” formation), their appearance to the human observer is one of absolute freedom to carry on with their lives as they wish.

    Maybe I can talk a Canadian goose into trading places with me for a day.



  1. Just surfing your blog and realized I missed a couple.

    — Soooo TRUE! Of the life of a goose…and they are smart too:

    Why do geese fly in a V? Because it would be too hard to fly in an S! Just kidding. Scientists have determined that the V-shaped formation that geese use when migrating serves two important purposes:

    First, it conserves their energy. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. The birds take turns being in the front, falling back when they get tired. In this way, the geese can fly for a long time before they must stop for rest. {I personally have watched them in amazement at how they take their turns in the front…how fasinating!}

    The second benefit to the V formation is that it is easy to keep track of every bird in the group. Fighter pilots often use this formation for the same reason.

    A mystery to be sure…Smart Geese!

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