"Aseadeéföpachacha, unen ache (When the bird is roasted, the hen must be careful)" George Hegel, the German philosopher, taught the world about the importance of history. To him, history becomes the process through which our spirits or the German rendition “geist” attains actuality. We develop our sense of place and traditions through the facts of history he noted. By a logical extension, we become the authors of our own fate and what happens to us in this world depends on how closely we learn the lessons of history. Our Annang forebears were aware of this reasoning and framed their understanding in today’s saying that when a bird is roasted, the hen must watch in order to learn the lessons of survival and life. The irony lies in the fact that the bird is not part of the usual menu for humans, but the hen is. If what is not a part of the regular dish is roasted, then it follows that the hen must be extra careful not to repeat the path that landed the bird in the fire. We learn the lessons of life, the people agreed, by observing and avoiding the mistakes of others. We live well when we live an observant life.