The Buzzard, The Bat, The Bumblebee

This Internet Floater is thought-provoking as well as amusing. My friend Perry sent it a while back. Hope you enjoy the fable of the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee.

The Buzzard

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The Bat

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

The Bumblebee

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It n ever sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.


In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look to our faith, whatever it may be.

Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.

Takeaway Truth

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.


  1. That is a very good analogy of how we function in our presumptive nature. My only hesitation has to do with "faith, whatever it may be". You could have very sincere faith in thin ice, but when you fall through, you realize faith needs to be in something substitive, indeed absolute. So, the object of your faith is paramount to finding true peace.

  2. Thank you for your comment. Obviously, I was not talking about faith in thin ice or anything else but spiritual faith. Though others may have different faiths than I, I respect their right to religious freedom.

    Best regards,