Changmin’s Geese Analogy Makes No Sense Given the Nature of Geese?

During recent promotional activities, Yunho and Changmin were asked questions not only about their new music but also about the apparently strained relationship between themselves and JYJ.

According to translated reports from Worldwide Daily News and National Daily News, the-youngest-one-in-curls, here thereafter referred to as Changmin, used the analogy about geese leaving the flock to describe how 3 members of TVXQ left SM.

Translated reports say that Changmin said the following:

When a swarm of geese prepare to migrate, they never forget to make the correct formation. I don’t think it’s right when a few of the geese who chose to broke away still considered themselves as part of the flock.

Links about the comments were all over twitter in the wake of Changmin’s purported analogy. If this translation is correct — and apparently its been checked and rechecked — Changmin may not necessarily understand the true nature of geese.

Based on various online sources about the nature of geese, they don’t necessarily always ostracize any goose who may find itself (or themselves) removed from the flock.  Geese are incredibly loyal to each other.  Even as pairs, they pair up early and are monogamous until one or both of them die.  Geese don’t generally split off from the larger flock for no reason at all. 

In other words, geese fall out of their flock for dire reasons, like being wounded or being severely sick; not just because they felt like flying in another direction.

What’s more interesting is that, again according to online sources, if one goose has to leave the flock, about two other geese usually leave with him/her and stay until he/she has either recovered or died.


Geese have strong affections for others in their group. If a goose gets sick or is wounded, a couple of other geese may drop out of formation to help and protect him. They will try to stay with the disabled goose until he dies or is able to fly again. They will then either fly together or join another formation to catch up with their group.

If the information about the nature of geese is correct, the flock doesn’t necessarily say ‘screw you’ to the goose or geese that got separated.  The flock doesn’t necessarily tell the separated geese to solve it’s problem with the head geese before they can come back.

I suppose the “wound” in this TVXQ analogy are the metaphorical ones they suffered from SM.  But the other 2 didn’t drop out of formation to help and protect each other.

All of this is interesting, but TVXQ are not geese. They are human beings with many dimensions. They can choose what to do and, unlike geese, make independent decisions about in which direction to move.

Don’t presume that I’m picking on Changmin, but some things need to be said.  And what I’m about to say is a bit difficult to realize for me, but its still true: Yunho and Changmin have publicly sided with SM, not their group members.  That’s fine.  They’re grown men who can make their own decisions about what they want to do. 

This is not somebody else’s problem to fix.  Everything won’t be fine once the 3 ‘come back’ to the place they had to leave to begin with… unless people who were in charge at the time have now been fired.  Those 3 geese left for a dire reason. And it’s those 3 who have consistently poured their hearts out to the members who choose a different path.


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