Craig Fielke – Principal
Here is an inspirational story of the eagle, which I found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHjry-5VZxU
The eagle has the longest lifespan of its species and can live up to 70 years… but to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. In its 40th year its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food, its long and sharp beak becomes bent and its old aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly.
Then, the eagle is left with only two options; die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Then the eagle waits for a new beak to grow back.
It will pull out its talons and when new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old aged feathers. After five months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.
This story helps us to consider why is change needed? Many times, in order to survive, we have to start a change process. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.
This is a wonderfully inspirational and motivational story and can be found on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. It seems a story worth sharing.
But the story is not true, it is a fake story.
Eagles do not live for 70 years, more like 30 in the wild, they do not lose their beak (it would lead to certain death) and they never go through a rebirth stage. You can read more about the debunking of this story at https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/rebirth-of-the-eagle/
A recent study found false stories on the internet are shared more often and more widely that real stories.
Over the last six months it has been very evident that clear and accurate information has been critical for our communities to respond to the directions and advice of people in authority we trust. This has enabled us to collectively make wise choices and be assured of the pathway beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having a source of truth to make considered and wise decisions is important.
The Bible is the most read piece of documentation in history and its authenticity has been proven categorically.
- Amongst other validations of this are the following factors:
- The sheer number of manuscripts.
- The small time-gap between events and written history.
- Because of the manner of textual transmission (the accuracy of the copying process) down through history.
- By verifying documentary evidence from other written sources and archaeological corroboration.
At our heart as a College we want our community to continually hear, investigate, understand and be transformed by this wonderful, true and life changing story.