Lessons To Be Learned From Chicken Little

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While I’ve been navigating the turbulence of current events, a popular folk tale obstinately refuses to leave my head. Chicken Little is a moralistic story about a chicken—I’ve always pictured him as a baby chick—who becomes convinced the world is ending when an acorn drops on his head. He dashes frantically throughout the village telling anyone who will listen: “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, and a few other birds buy into this hysteria and add their voices to the uproar.

I’m not trying to discount the serious misgivings many people have about the results of the recent election, but I am trying to suggest that everyone needs to calm down. I promise the sky is not falling. One election does not signal the apocalypse. Undoubtedly, things will change. Some changes will be good, and some not so good. But we will survive the next four years, at which point we’ll grit our teeth and endure the exhausting electoral process all over again.

In some darker versions of Chicken Little, the birds whip themselves up into such a frenzy they abandon all common sense and follow Foxy Loxy. As might be expected, the wily fox lures the unsuspecting fowl to his den and eats them for dinner. We can learn much from this cautionary tale. Might I propose that we stop running around in a panic and imagining doomsday scenarios. Instead, let’s focus on what we can do to strengthen and uplift each other and strive to create the America we envision for ourselves and our families.

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