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There’s an old, well known story of a chicken farmer who found an eagle’s egg.

He put it with his chickens and soon the egg hatched.

The young eagle grew up with all the other chickens and whatever they did, the eagle did too.  He thought he was a chicken, just like them.

Since the chickens could only fly for a short distance, the eagle also learnt to fly a short distance.

He thought that was what he was supposed to do. So that was all that he thought he could do.  As a consequence, that was all he was able to do.

One day the eagle saw a bird flying high above him. He was very impressed. “Who is that?” he asked the hens around him.

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A Brown Pelican in flight, seen from underneat...

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Three pelicans were flying to a popular lake.

As they traveled, they were each lost in thought.

The first pelican thought to himself, “I love my beak.  It’s magnificent.  No other bird has a beak quite like mine.  When I get to the lake, I’m going to parade along the bank, showing off my beautiful beak and all of the other birds will be jealous.”

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A pearl scale goldfish from The 6th "Pram...

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Goldfish range in size from just a few centimetres to over a foot and a half in length.

The most influential factor in how big they grow isn’t diet or age, but the size of their environment.

If they are brought up in a small fish tank, they remain small.  If they spend their lives in a large aquarium or perhaps a garden pond, they have the capacity to grow much bigger.

Are we that different?

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