It’s Still a Goat Even if It Flies (BSHFRE HAR BZNA)
Aram is a famous businessman whose name is an example of success. His honesty and trustworthiness are on everybody's tongue. People usually come to him for all sorts of assistance and advice, and he always makes himself available to them.
Aram is worried about Ako, his only son. He wants him to carry on his legacy of success and wealth. He knows that the secret of his success depends very much on his honesty and faithfulness, and he longs for Ako to continue the same trend.
As soon as Ako turns five years old, Aram starts taking him to some of his important business deals and meetings. Ako is a very polite and shy kid for his age. Everyone loves him and adores his playfulness.
When Ako is seven years old, Aras, Aram’s brother (and Ako's uncle) wants to travel to Europe for a business trip. Aram has dinner with his brother before the trip. While they are all seated around the table, Aram asks Aras to give Ako a piece of advice. So Aras calls Ako over, places him on his lap, and asks, "Do you know why everybody loves your father? Do you want to be successful like him?"
Ako shyly nods. "Always keep your word," says Aras. "How old are you now?"
Ako starts counting his fingers and stops at seven, then says, "I'm seven years old."
After dinner Aras kisses the boy and says goodbye to his brother. But Aras’s journey takes two years, and as soon as he comes back he sees Ako and says, "Wow! You're bigger now! How old are you?"
"I'm seven," says Ako.
"Seven?” says Aras. “How come? Two years ago you told me you were seven, but you look much bigger."
Ako says, "Remember, Uncle! You told me I should always keep my word."
Aras starts laughing when he realizes his nephew's innocent answer. So he grabs Ako with both hands and tells him a story:
“Once upon a time two people are walking from one village to another. On the way, they see something moving that, from their distance on top of a hill, looks black. One of them says, ‘It's a crow.’ The other one says, ‘No, it's a goat.’ As they get nearer, the former says, ‘I told you it’s a crow. Look! It’s small. It can't be a goat.’ The latter says, ‘No. It's a goat.’ As they come even closer, the first man takes a stone and says, ‘I'm going to throw this stone at it to see if it flies or not.’ When he throws the stone, the thing starts flying. So he says to his friend, ‘I told you it's a crow.’ The second man replies, "No, no, it's a goat, even if it flies!’"
This proverb is used when someone refuses to acknowledge his mistakes and instead defends his wrong actions, even when the truth comes out. Some people try to show their strength and the quality of their leadership by being arrogant and arguing for their false ideas and wrong actions, thinking that admitting mistakes is a weakness. They forget that real honor is in admitting our mistakes and changing our minds when we know we're wrong. In Kurdistan, we say this to anyone who refuses to change his wrong direction and accept the truth. In the U.S, for example, President Bush was severely criticized for his wrong direction in “staying the course” in Iraq.