A couple of years ago my attention was drawn to a small sparrow in my yard. I have learned that when something catches your attention like that to take note. That sparrow was a messenger and had something to teach me. Ted Andrews’ book Animal Speak is a great reference to learn the symbolism and meaning of many animals.
The sparrow… was a symbol of the peasants and lower classes throughout Europe. Because of this, they loved to hear tales of how the insignificant sparrow triumphed over such powerful enemies as wolves, bears, and eagles – the traditional symbols of nobility and those who mistreated the peasants. Its ability to multiply and assert itself in spite of predation reflects the idea that nobility of the common person is inherently strong.Ted Andrews – Animal Speak
Since Donald Trump became President of the United States I have been thinking about the Sparrow’s message. The Sparrow asks “have you begun to think that you would always be under the heel of some tyrant – human or social?” Doesn’t it seem like we are living in an age of tyranny? Wasn’t the US Constitution written to guard against the rise of tyranny in the United States? And yet here we are. We have a tyrant in the White House. What is more alarming than Trump’s behavior is how much the Republican Party, especially in Congress, has allowed Trump to get away with. The only explanation that makes any sense is that they are themselves corrupt – beholden to the true tyrants: the donors, the lobbyists, and the corporate interests, not the electorate. Tax cuts, deregulation, and amassing more and more profits are more important to these tyrants than the public good. To keep the masses quiet, they brainwash us into believing their rhetoric. Capitalism, they say, is inherently good and better than Socialism or other economic systems which they often characterize as dangerous. But is that true? Is Capitalism the best economic system? Is Socialism dangerous? I, for one, don’t believe them anymore. Capitalism is not inherently good. A society that puts the power to buy and sell politicians, to buy and sell policy, in the hands of wealthy corporate interests, is not in the best interest of the people. The only danger that I see from Socialism is to the power and profits of the donors, lobbyists, and corporate interests. The politicians, supposedly elected by us, are allowing all of this to happen. But the exposure of more and more election fraud is making it obvious why they don’t listen to their constituents. If you can cheat and buy your way into office, then you don’t have to listen to the electorate. Your constituents are the donors and others that helped you, and we find ourselves under the heels of tyrants.
Think about the Sparrow’s message for us at this moment in history. The greed and corruption of the ruling classes is becoming more and more overt. Our fears are being stoked and greater distrust of our fellow citizens is the result. I have seen it in online communities. Trolls incite anger and distrust. We don’t have to take their bait. The sparrow is also symbolic of community, working together for common causes, and cooperation. The little sparrow reminds us to embrace our common nobility, pull together, and not lose hope that We the People will triumph.