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  • The first Cowbirders' Anonymous Support Group met after numerous cowbirders started to report addictive behaviour patterns. It was decided, in the
    spirit of Cowbird, that the best way to hold these meetings would be in Chirp Life, a virtual 3D tree that combined the best branches of the world's trees. Also gave the opportunity to all cowbirders to choose whether they would like to be a peacock or an ostrich or the thousands of other varieties of birds, whichever avatar they fancied. Unlike most support groups, no-one was looking depressed and no-one had been dragged there. In fact, the early bird registration process was so frantic with activity, it almost crashed the Chirp Life site!
    Once all were settled in their branches, the meeting began and everyone shared their stories and the effects of sometimes over-cowbirding. Some noted sleep deprivation, others felt some attention deficit towards daily tasks while thinking about stories to write, some others felt they had issues with "switching off", they just couldn't do it. But all displayed a tendency to feel overjoyed while reading and getting struck by darting arrows and excessive amounts of love was circulating their system. There were a few lurkers, who pretended to be aloof to such patterns, but it was noted that some of them displayed signs of being in denial, clearly they were checking the latest stories on their phones tucked away in the inside feather of their wings, pretending no-one had caught them in the act.
    The more seasoned and senior cowbirders were happy to advise the junior new comers, welcoming them into the fold and giving them tips to maintain healthy cowbirding. The atmosphere at the meeting remained very positive, many sang and danced together and everyone gave each other a warm loving hug, at the end, it was decided to hold such meetings on a regular basis to ensure continued support and encouragement with a sense of moderation.

    Image: The Conference of the Birds, Isfahan, Iran, ca. 1610
    From Mantiq al-Tayr, The Language of the Birds, Farid al-Din Attar
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