Red-winged Blackbird, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Manifesto for the Birds

Manifesto for Birds (and Yourself)


Red-winged Blackbird, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog Manifesto for the Birds

Red-winged Blackbird, Male


If birds were to call out a manifesto, it might be like this.

I am a bird.

One: I live in balance with all life on Earth.

Two: I care for the environment.

Three: I live in the moment where I am.

Four: I take only enough for what I need.

Five: I learn from Nature.

Six: I persist through wind, cold, and rain.

Seven: I sing with conviction and courage.

Eight: I fly with a purpose.

Nine: I care for my health.

Ten: I do my best to be my best.


Red-winged Blackbird, Female, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog Manifesto for the Birds

Red-winged Blackbird, Female


About this manifesto

Of course, it’s fiction.

And then it’s not.

You see, there are two ways to obtain a manifesto: 1) By observing behavior, and 2) By writing one.

So everybody has one, even birds.

The above manifesto is then a description of how birds live. Through that, birds serve as model Earth Citizens because everything they do sustains the ecosystem they depend upon.

As a human, you have an advantage: You can write a manifesto that describes your important choices. And then you can include high level, ethical choices related to compassion, kindness, and gratitude.

This matters. Once you make important choices, you can focus on their implementation. And that leads to being more deliberate, which results in being more effective.


Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: I just updated this article about Kindness: 27 Ways to Show Kindness


Help Birds Tip
Write Your Manifesto

Why: We need more people who live with a purpose.

How: Write a list of your values. Then write statements that tell how you will apply them.


Birding Resources

Learn more about being a good Earth Citizen from these organizations.

Earth Citizens Organization (ECO) works to create healthier communities for a more sustainable world.

Global Citizen supports people who act on the world’s biggest challenges.

Charter for Compassion works to make compassion a clear, dynamic force in our world.


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4 Comments
  • JoAnne
    Posted at 04:49h, 05 November

    Excellent thoughts and insights. Thanks for inspiring me further, Steve.
    Please note new email address

  • JoAnne
    Posted at 04:52h, 05 November

    Also: Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities for resources!

  • Steve Kaye
    Posted at 12:28h, 08 November

    Thank you, JoAnne. Here are links: Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities.

  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 01:24h, 18 November

    Beautiful. Absolutely lovely advice Steve. I didn’t realize that manifestos might apply to the observed in this way. Thank you for teaching me something totally new–again!

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