So I am back at home after wandering around in India. I flew Jet Airways between BOM and LHR, and Virgin Atlantic between LHR and IAD. Talking of Jet Airways, an owl had offered to pilot one of their 777s.
I found a nice little poem in the comments to that squawk:
A wise old owl sat on an oak,
The more he saw, the less he spoke,
The less he spoke, the more he heard,
Why can’t we be like that wise old bird?
The words oak and spoke, and heard and bird rhyme so beautifully. It also occurred to me that they even rhyme in the way Bongs pronounce the words:
The less he spoke, the more he hard
Why can’t we be like that wise old bard.
Anyway, moving on. There was another peaceful act by the followers of The Religion of Peace. In Kashmir. A CRPF convey was attacked by a suicide bomber in a car-load of explosives. Over 40 died a gruesome death. The usual fallout: politicians grandstanding, bleeding hearts responding to calls for revenge with their patented “violence does not solve anything”, etc.
And of course the obligatory labeling of those killed as “martyrs” by the retarded ignorant who don’t know vocabulary. The only martyr was the Islamic terrorist. He was fighting a religious cause; the CRPF are a professional force, not a religious force. They were killed in the line of duty. They are not martyrs.
Too much stupidity, bigotry, aggressiveness, arrogance and ignorance — hallmarks of monotheistic religions. Thankfully, there are other people who are not like them. There are people who do creative, imaginative, constructive, fun stuff, not all of which is (or has to be) useful. Here’s an example that brightened my day. Follow the blue marble.
To properly follow the action, it is even better to watch it at .75x speed.
Moving on to a more serious topic. I’ve been busy writing. I’m reading some good books too. Current on the bookshelf is David Benatar’s The Human Predicament: A Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions. It’s simple superlatively good. Here’s a nice summary of the book.
If you click on the image, it will take you to an Oxford University Press interview podcast in which Benatar talks about the book.
And finally a quote to conclude this post:
“Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at; as railroads lead to Boston or New York. We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.”
That’s from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Improved means to unimproved ends. That reminds me of wars, and the institution that is the prime motivator of wars: government. I am against governments having too much power.
OK, so this is an ask me anything post. What’s on your mind?