Without a heart

We met these two cute parrots today in a home for neglected parrots. It’s was so tragic to see that parrots, which have been kept in tiny cages and mistreated, start pulling out their own feathers. Some of them were sitting bare skinned on a branch shivering in the wind. It’s astounding that people mistreat these beautiful creatures. It reminded me of the Tin Woodman in the Wizzard of Oz, who was always careful not to hurt any living creature but had accidentally stepped upon a beetle that was crawling along the road and killed the poor little thing which made him weep tears of sorrow and made him walk very carefully as not to harm any other tiny animals. He knew he had no heart and therefore he took great care never to be cruel to any living thing. You people with hearts, he said, have something to guide you and need never do wrong.

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