GLOBE The Laws of Ducks

© 1998 Kenneth Fussichen
Duck Law No. 1 If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck,
looks like a duck and cooks like a duck, it's a duck.

Restatement: All things are known by their attributes.
Duck Law No. 2 Even under ideal circumstances, no duck, no matter how noble or well-intentioned, can be an eagle.
Restatement: All things must be what they are.
Duck Law No. 3 A duck can pretend to be an eagle except in times of adversity.
Restatement: Pretense and adversity are inversely proportional; adversity reveals the true nature of all things.
Duck Law No. 4 No duck may be an eagle until it abandons its webbed feet and bill for talons and a beak.
Restatement: All things remain as they are until the attributes that define them are abandoned. Then, and only then, can they evolve.
Duck Law No. 5 Ducks are noble creatures. They shall not be penalized in the eyes of other creatures because they are not eagles.
Restatement: All things are honorable if they are what they are honestly, even if they are different from you.
Duck Law No. 6 The greatest duck that ever was cannot fly as high as even a modest eagle.
Restatement: If one would soar with eagles, do not swim with ducks.
DuckLaw No. 7 Ducks flock. Eagles fly alone. Ducks and eagles never mingle.
Restatement: Choose company wisely.
DuckLaw No. 8 A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
Restatement: Sometimes there is no answer.
Actually, a duck's quack does echo. Why folklore insists that it doesn't is a mystery. Thus, Duck Law No. 8 still applies.