I have violet feathers covering my ears. I do not have viole tears. Please return my name to Green Violet-ear. If it would violate one of the rules of nomenclature to have "ear" as the root noun in a hyphenated name, make me a Green Violet-eared Hummingbird. Or something--you guys are supposed to be the smart ones, so I'm sure you can think of something. Admit it—"Violetear" is a stupid word.
No man, or bird, is an island. We ALL built this world, we ALL have been dependent on the kindness of strangers, and we're ALL part of a country on a planet in a universe far, far bigger than ourselves. Working together is how people built a civilization, wrote a Constitution, fought for independence, and saved my species. And that's the way it is.
Well, our parents and grandparents built some of those nests before we were hatched, and yeah, it was on Minnesota state land that is protected thanks to taxpayers, and yeah, the federal and Minnesota state governments do a lot to ensure that we have clean water and lots of fish to raise our young there. But OTHERWISE, we really did build that!
My mate and I built our two chicks from scratch. Well, sure, it was on a nest platform some nice landowners built using plans approved by the Wisconsin DNR. And sure, we get our fish from a clean lake thanks to rules enforced by the Wisconsin DNR. And sure, we're happy that coal-fired power plants have been regulated so we aren't suffering from mercury poisoning.