Toughy sings of birds and a man. Truly, I found myself wondering, what does Toughy see in the birds that implies generosity? Or does Toughy observe the birds, take note of their particularly ungenerous nature, and think of other more generous creatures? Who among us has not observed the subject, only to find our thoughts rushing to what is not there?
Ultimately the question is: what does Toughy perceive as generous? I believe we need to construct both an operational definition of generosity and then a Toughy definition of generosity in order to better unpack these lines. For if Toughy envies sincerely or ironically - for what Toughy envies sincerely or ironically - that, to me, is the crux of the matter.