Friday, November 28, 2008

We deserve better than this...

Here are bits and pieces of a conversation I picked up from The Dark Knight. The conversation is between Bruce Wayne(B) and Alfred(A).

A: "A long time ago I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of local leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being invaded in the forest by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But for six months, we never met anyone who traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had thrown them away."
B: "So why steal them?"
A: " Oh, because he thought he was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for something logical like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."
B: "That bandit, in the forest of Burma. Did you catch him?"
A: "Yes."
B: "How?"
A: "We burned the forest down."

I hope that this time, our leadership does something other than giving the lip service that we are all used to hearing now. It is time that we took decisive action. It is time that India mustered global support and took a few bold steps in the right direction instead of crying about "dastardly attacks that we condemn in the strongest possible terms and that the terrorists do not love humans or humanity and that they are cowards" and shit like that.
We have heard it a thousand times till now. We have heard it over and over again. We heard it when Bangalore burnt, when Surat/Rajkot/Ahmedabad burnt, when Malegaon was affected, when Assam burnt and as Bombay has burned. We are sick and tired of the stupid and miserable excuse for a government that we have. A President who has no personality, a Prime Minister who is a puppet, and a Home Minister who is just an innocent bystander.
Please let us not bring any religion into this mess. Need I remind people that When bombs explode and bullets fly, people of all creeds are victims. Just check on the lists of victims if anyone has doubts about this. When it comes to killing people, interpretations of religions have almost always been equally to blame, and fanatics have always misinterpreted religions of their choice to whatever benefits their version of it, and killed people. I believe that enough blood has been shed thus far. And the God that I believe in must be shedding tears of blood seeing what we are doing to each other in His name. At this point, I don't believe in the absoluteness of any religion because to me, they all are weird interpretations of human behavior under different climatic and social circumstances. Nothing more.

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