“There was once a black crow who liked a certain song called The Seven Little Crows which began, Crow, Crow, Crow, why do you crawk? Normally in stories, crows are bullies and villains who everyone hates, but not in this song. This troubled the black crow, who would ask himself, How come it’s always the crows who are the bad guys?
One day, a white dove who had lost her way met the black crow. She asked, ‘Where does this path go?’ Then the white dove stared down at the ground, looking lonely.
The black crow wondered what was wrong, and asked, ‘What’s the matter?’
On the point of tears, the white dove said, ‘I’ve been searching for the path to happiness for a long, long time, but I still can’t find it anywhere. And I’m supposed to be the bird of peace, too …’
The black crow was surprised to learn that even a bird as “beautiful and as loved by everyone as the white dove nonetheless had deep problems to worry about. His answer was this: ‘But all paths are one connected path.’
The white dove looked taken aback by this un-expected answer. But after a time, she smiled. ‘How about that? So the path I’ve been searching for all this time is the path I am already on.’ In excellent spirits, the white dove flew off, up into the blue sky. Then the black crow, too, turned his head skywards, then flapped his wings vigorously, and away he flew. And the black crow looked no less perfect against the deep blue than the white dove.”
Excerpt From: Higashida, Naoki. “The Reason I Jump.”