मेघदूत: "नीचैर्गच्छत्युपरि च दशा चक्रनेमिक्रमेण"

G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Albert Einstein: “I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither myself nor the next person seriously.” (To P. Moos, March 30, 1950. Einstein Archives 60-587)

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Gay marriage - Act of Terrorism?

Right wing Americans have made mountain out of molehill of gay marriage. There are fierce debates raging across the land. At times, it seems to be the most important issue around in US. Even more than terrorism.

Richard Dawkins, "America, founded in secularism as a beacon of eighteenth century enlightenment, is becoming the victim of religious politics, a circumstance that would have horrified the Founding Fathers. The political ascendancy today values embryonic cells over adult people. It obsesses about gay marriage, ahead of genuinely important issues that actually make a difference to the world."

Osama has sensed it and is seen ordering his troops to get married to each other instead of driving planes into buildings!


Yogesh Jayant Khandke said...

"The political ascendancy today values embryonic cells over adult people."

I challenge you to see the images and read the reports here and then repeat the same sentence again.


I request you to write a blog about it.

Ignorance is not bliss.

Maharashtra is loosing ten percent of its girls to gender determination.

Yogesh Jayant Khandke said...

Prenatal gender determination I meant to write.

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Thanks for educating me on dreadful stat of gender determination.

But what has it got to do with my post?

Please read again what Dawkins has to say.

Yogesh Jayant Khandke said...

"The political ascendancy today values embryonic cells over adult people."

My comments were in response to the above words of Dawkins. Babies in the womb are not embryonic cells, they are little people and millions of them are murdered in America - which Dawkins* thinks is of no consequences.

The same is happening in India too, an Indian blogger (you) is quoting Dawkins that is the connection.

* and unwittingly you too

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

I quote many people here.

It doesn't mean I agree or disagree with them.

Yes and in defence of Dawkins: his point is- let us care more, let us be more sensitive to people who are already here, like gays or blacks or minorities or women or poor or uneducated, more than those unborn.

He is talking about priorities of our leaders and is not asking them to choose one instead of the other.

In India are we ready to embrace and love people who are not like us in language, religion, colour, caste, wealth, gender etc.?

Yogesh Jayant Khandke said...

I wonder why the protection of the most defenceless person inside the womb isn't a priority?

Personally I try to be as neutral as possible, my relatives are from many castes, religions languages and ethnicities.

I have one daughter and am trying to bring her up as gender neutral as possible.

Long back I convinced my final year project group co-students to sign their names on the project report as

M. M. Argaokar,
P. M. Bamsarkar,
D. R. Sarangdhar
Y. J. Khandke (yours truly)

(names changed to protect identity)

So that the gender was not evident (50% were females)

Recently a news story went around that the person who killed a abortion doctor was sentenced to life improsonment.

The doctor was working within the law as he had a licence to kill a person inside the womb, the said person committed a crime because he did not have a licence to kill a person outside the womb, I'm sure he was aware of the consequence of his actions just Damodar Chapekar was when he shot at Rand, it is not easy to commit every thing you have for the sake of your convictions. I hope that some day I too hope that I will act similarly (stake all for my convictions) , otherwise I would be another of the eat and defecate tribe.

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

I have already said what I had to say.