Once an Eagle …

The eagle wins!

After several polls and multiple questions, our readers and subscribers — by no wide margin, but close enough to claim victory — have chosen.  If God allowed us to return to earth as a creature other than man, we would return as eagles!  That is certainly as good a choice as any.

The eagle is indeed a regal and proud creature, and stands as a symbol of many things to many people, but I am drawn more to a passage from the great Greek dramatist Aeschylus, who wrote,

“So in the Libyan fable it is told
That once an eagle, stricken with a dart,
Said, when he saw the fashion of the shaft,
‘With our own feathers, not by others’ hands,
Are we now smitten.'”

That quote serves as the title to Anton Myrer’s phenomenal 1968 novel, Once an Eagle, which was subsequently adapted and made into the NBC miniseries in 1976 that bears the same name.  If memory serves me, this may have been the first television ‘miniseries’ every produced.  The TV miniseries is a classic and a very close rendering of Mr. Myrer’s novel.

We must continue to search for world peace and for alternatives other than conflict to resolve our differences.  If we don’t, we will be like Aeschylus’s eagle who is smitten by his own hand!  Remain committed to a quest for world peace, and heed the eagle’s valiant call!

Thanks for all who paticipated in the poll.

tVM

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