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The Vain Jackdaw

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The Vain Jackdaw

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Zeus decided, it is said, to create a sovereign over the birds, and made a proclamation that on a certain day all the birds should present themselves before him, when he would himself choose the most beautiful among them to be king.

The Jackdaw looked into the lake and realized how ugly he was. So he searched through the woods and fields and collected the feathers which had fallen from the wings of his companions. He stuck the feathers in all parts of his body, hoping thereby to make himself the most beautiful of all.

When the appointed day arrived, and the birds had assembled before Zeus, the Jackdaw also made his appearance in his many feathered finery.

There was not a bird in sight that had as many colored feathers as the Jackdaw. Zeus declared the Jackdaw to be the most beautiful of all the birds. However, the birds indignantly protested, and recognizing their own feathers stuck onto the Jackdaw, the birds each went to the Jackdaw and plucked their own feathers off him.

The Jackdaw, being stripped of his stolen plumage, was shown to be nothing but a Jackdaw after all.

There are currently 16 suggested morals for “The Vain Jackdaw”

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  1. 1 On November 22nd, 2008, fablelover said:

    Do not try to be someone that you are not.

  2. 2 On January 28th, 2011, Rebekah said:

    Those who cheat usually loose in the end. :cry:

  3. 3 On August 13th, 2011, kc said:

    birds are really vain.

  4. 4 On November 8th, 2011, John said:

    stealing is bad

  5. 5 On March 10th, 2012, Artemis said:

    Winning with deception can bring attacks and downfall.

  6. 6 On May 24th, 2013, arnold said:

    only you can be you

  7. 7 On December 5th, 2014, Jess said:

    Ugly untruths reveal themselves in shame

  8. 8 On April 18th, 2015, Fantabulousness said:

    Jackdaws are stupid

  9. 9 On April 18th, 2015, Pikamew said:

    Be yourself

  10. 10 On November 18th, 2015, Zeus said:

    Do not pretend to be someone-else.

  11. 11 On January 6th, 2016, Farrel said:

    To be the best you don’t need to cheat others

  12. 12 On June 7th, 2021, Atlas said:

    Do not try to be someone else, it doesn’t do you any good. Be yourself.

  13. 13 On September 18th, 2021, Apollo said:

    Only you are yourself. You can not become others. You are the best.

  14. 14 On November 10th, 2021, Ocean said:

    To be satisfied with what nature has given you.

  15. 15 On October 6th, 2022, Anonymous said:

    do not take from those to win. do not cheat

  16. 16 On January 8th, 2023, Firebird said:

    Don’t listen to the jackdaw!

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