Thursday, January 08, 2009

God Goats Humans Kids

B takes his son to St.Thomas mount. That's a small hillock in chennai where St. Thomas was allegedly killed. There is a church built by the portuguese at the summit. And there is this tall, fiarly imposing statue of a Golden colored Jesus. So B's son sees people praying to the statue and asks B if he could too. B agrees. So the kid apparently brings his palms together, in standard Hindu prayer style, and tries to reach out to Jesus with a non-silent 'Gajaananam Bootha ganaathi saevitham'* shloka**! :). Funny and profound, no?

I don't know if Jesus or Ganesha had gotten confused, but adult humans are certainly a confused lot. In the context of the above incident, the basis of a lot of recent ill happenings seem ridiculous.In 'The unbearable lightness of being', Milan Kundera says that how someone treats those weaker to him/her determine's his/her niceness. He goes on to say that the human race is pretty much screwed up going by the way it treats animals. He talks about a more powerful species (hypothetical) coming in and treating us the way we treat, say, hens and goats and rats and guinea pigs, or something to that effect. 'Half a kilo boy meat, preferably thigh piece', someone from that species could say. Or use 20 year old women as 'guinea pigs' for untried drugs. Their biology classes could include dissection of 3 year olds to understand the human digestive system. Morbid, no? But we have Darwin, Survival of the fittest, Food cycle, Food web et al to explain the whole thing. OK, i could use some LSD now.

Anyways, all trash aside, the image of a kid saying 'Gajananam' to Jesus atop St.Thomas mount seems idyllic, and brings a smile. On that note, happy 2009 people.

*Shloka - A sanskrit hymn...
*Gajaananam - A shloka on Lord Ganesha...

8 comments:

Parth said...

Unexpected post for the new year. Wish you a happy 365 days!

vishesh said...

well,by the time those species arrive,we here will be long gone..so thats something our future need to worry about..lets come up with ways to help them survive :P

Trauma Queen said...

one of the reasons i LOVE cartoons is cos it shows serious stuff in a flicker of a second - stuff that really makes u test them grey cells

in one episode of 'dexter's lab' (dexter is a boy genius who is obsessed with science n experiemtns and all) - it ends with an alien race looking at planet earth through a miscroscope

not as gory as what you showed - but yes - sumtimes i wonder - what if sum alien race takes over and starts pumping human milk (i know that's a gross porno image i have conjured - but for the sake of science lets stay on track)

or feeds us the best food only to slaughter us later?

im not sure about the correlation between the sloka episode and kundera's hypotheses...

but animal farm interestingly brings up some of these issues (if you can forget the part about socialism for a bit..)

Mani said...

I can only repeat agent smith's famous lines from the matrix: "You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease..."

frissko said...

Parth - Thanks...And this wasn't meant to be a new year post...Just wanted to relate an incident that happened to a friend, and ended up writing random shit :)...

Vishesh - What makes you think they haven't arrived yet?

Trauma - Erm...i didn't get beyond the point where you talk about pumping human milk!...
And hmm, the sloka episode presents an idyllic view of humans...And Kundera's view presents the opposite and i find the contradiction intriguing...(But yeah, William Golding did demonstrate that kids left on their own would still end up being the opposite of nice and kill each other!)...

Mani - Aha!...And he is supposed to be the bad guy in Matrix no :)...

Anonymous said...

dude thought you'd absconded or something... happy new year...
(btw i pressure cook fetuses and eat them, thousands of 'em, everyday :D)

- Swami

Poornima said...

back after a while, aren't we? Welcome back to blogdom!

frissko said...

swami - was generally vegetating for a while da...and yea new year wishes to you too...

poornima - yeah..not that i am too regular a blogger, just disappeared a lil longer than usual...