Canary in a Coalmine (0:19)
As the legend goes, the coal miners would carry caged “singing” canaries down into the mine tunnels with them. If dangerous gases leaked into the mine, the canaries would die before the miners. And even while consumed with uncertainty and confusion, the canaries simply chose to sing anyway—because that’s what canaries do. That said, artist & treps do the same thing—sort of. We live life on the edge, not really knowing for sure if or when the next opportunity or disaster will come along—and for some, that can be a very risky “do or die” situation. But I think that’s the reality of ruthlessly pursuing your dreams, manifesting your ideas and living life independently. When you’re consumed with uncertainty and doubt, you just keep singing anyway—because that’s who you are and that’s what you do.
|Posted By Nancy Nevins|
| Canaries |
In this case, canaries are prisoners, not gifted human beings who can make choices.
|Posted By Rachel Walker|
| To sit on the stem of a bloom |
Too bad the Coalminer didn't take up gardening..it's dirty too, but in a refreshing sort of way.
|Posted By David|
| Thanks |
Thanks Michael. Ahmad, we could be either or both. Rather than asking what the semantic flaws are with a free blog post meant to inspire, I tend to ask "what can I learn from this?".
|Posted By Ahmad|
| Weak analogy |
So if we are the "canary" in this analogy, who is the coal miner? Who carries us into the uncertainty? Are we both the canary and the coal miner? This is a cutesy analogy, but not very thought out. JMD usually does better than this.
|Posted By Beth|
| No Canary |
We don’t have a caged canary to carry into our risky, uncertain careers, to alert us to bad choices and shaky deals. However we do have our experience, knowledge and wisdom to shine a light on the path ahead.
|Posted By Eva|
| life-sucking career |
What killed the canaries would definitely make the miners ill. Canaries were not meant to be in coalmines, yet they sang til they died. Let’s be sure we’re not in a life-sucking career where we’re sure to suffocate—like a career or business that’s going nowhere.
|Posted By Fillmore|
| Coalminer |
Yes, we must be solid in our identity. Our purpose in life is to be who we are. However, finding out who we are is the hard part.