You Think You Can Tell?
From BlueBear, an eloquent post by Agent99 in eulogy of the Dodo (and an appropriately subtle “screw you” to Kipling’s ‘burden’):
Dodos were daffy-looking flightless birds of the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. They were wiped out in the late sixteen hundreds by British sailors…
…An extinct bird, one that may well be the very epitome of undignity, symbolizes extreme dignity, where it is real, where the air is hollow. Untaintable trust is beautiful—even if on a practical level it is ill-advised.