Sunday, February 27, 2005

What the hell is this?

I found this as a forward, and I thought it would be appropriate to put it up here.

The photo is the Pulitzer Prize winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan famine. The picture shows a famine stricken crawling towards a UN food camp located a kilometer away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat it. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken. Three months later he commited suicide due to depression.

This is what the Kevin Carter wrote:

Dear God,

I promise I will never waste my food no matter how bad it can taste and how full I may be. I pray that He will protect this little boy, guide and deliver him away from his misery. I pray that we will be more sensitive towards the world around us and not be blinded by our own selfish nature and interests.

I hope this picture will always serve as a reminder to us that how fortunate we are and that we must never ever take things for granted.

Just two points I want to make:

  • What kind of ethics do photojournalists have?
  • Why the hell did this photo win the Pulitzer Prize? He should not have been awarded the prize, since he lacked any sense of ethics.

Monday, February 21, 2005


There are two aspects to education: 1. Imparting Knowledge. 2. Instilling character.

It is an age old saying that "If character is lost, evertything is lost". Nobody says "if knowledge is lost, everything is lost". Today, education has become synonymous with gaining more and more knowledge, be it theoretical or practical. This section itself is not very good. What is happening is that the character side of education is facing severe neglect, mainly because the teachers themselves lack them. In the case of knowledge, even if the teacher is dumb, students have other sources like books, internet etc. But for character, the sources of learning for a child are parents and teachers. A parent/teacher of a great character can produce students of great character, even against the so-called peer pressure, because in those cases, peer pressure reduces due to the overwhelming influence of the teacher/parent. Sad part is neither the parent nor the teacher have that character. Where from are you going to select good teachers in this regard?

If you think about it deeply, the philosophy of education itself needs to be modified to not just produce great engineers and doctors, but to produce, basically a good human being who has heart, and not machines that work only for themselves. The present system only leads to the formation of such machines. Unless something is done about it soon, the world will surely be ruled by robots - robots who have flesh around their bones and blood running through their veins. Sooner we act, the better it is.

But the age old question remains: Who will bell the cat?

keep the focus on the goal and move on!

Inter-faith talks are organised by different organisations, i attended one recently.
religious leaders from the various faiths of hinduism,chirstianity,islam,buddism and jainism gave talks, i really really did not see any difference in the way the books treated life on earth and how humans have to live on earth.

The differences come only about life before birth, or life after death. which actually nobody has a real clue about!. while these are important things that man has an unconscious desire to ponder. These are pretty personal questions i believe. nothing can actually truly convince us in this regard, it could at the max be Intellecturally and Emotionally stimulating. Atleast this is my experience, interms of trying to believe something. how can you ever believe anything on earth which is changing all the time. anything can decieve you. (if you don't believe this,shoot a question i can tell how?)

so i don't understand why these religious fights came in today today life. biggest of wars spots are kashimir(hindu * muslim) and palestine(muslim* christian) and potential spots for a 3rd world war.

Material things are associated with spirituality. when rituals are given more importance than understanding the truth. if only we can think for a minute, and ask ourselves "how does it matter?" you will get a resounding "it doesn't matter"

there 2 objectives

1 - To live peacefulling in this world- for which all religions precribe almost the same rules
2 - To understand the truth- which pretty individualistic and personal, where no one can really tell this is the truth.

so religions and difference is truely a figment created because of associations and rituals rather than by any fundamental difference. It is myopic vision of ritualistic people that is causing narrow mindedness that we see.

we are all humans, and we all want to realise or find the truth (if it exists). so no point in fighting over non-entities! why get distracted!

keep focus on the goals and move on towards it!