Friday, November 12, 2010

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If a fish is born in your aquarium and you call it John, write out a birth certificate, tell him about his family history, and two minutes later he gets eaten by another fish - that's tragic. But it's only tragic because you projected a separate self where there was none. You got hold of a fraction of a dynamic process, a molecular dance, and made a separate entity out of it.


That’s a short passage from a very famous bestseller; you’d recognize the book and author if I named them. And I will, later. The reason I posted this is to hear what thoughts and reactions this piece brings up in you, dear readers of this blog. Please write a comment below - doesn’t have to be profound or ‘fully-baked’, or even in complete sentences, really. As the welcome line up top reads – any “insights, questions, suggestions, assertions and musings”.

5 comments:

  1. Sree, keep going "half-baked". You're an inspiration! I love it!

    My first half-baked thought is: if a man after working years to develop a cure for cancer, finally puts the pieces together and while walking to share his secret findings with his colleagues is run down by a crazed bagel monger in his new Lamborghini, is it a tragedy?

    And if so, for whom?

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  2. :-) I'm no match for you in the 'half-bakedness' category, Tef.

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  3. Hmmm, let’s see.
    It’s a tragedy for this dedicated cancer researcher to have to walk to meet his colleagues, instead of driving a Lamborghini of his own.
    It’s a tragedy that a mere bagel monger has a Lamborghini.
    It’s a tragedy that I don’t have a Lamborghini.
    It’s a tragedy that research has become a cut-throat business and needs a shroud of secrecy to assure patent income.
    It’s a tragedy that there aren’t more women genius cancer researchers.
    It’s a tragedy that I never liked dissecting dead frogs in high school, which forced me to abandon medicine as a career.

    On the other hand, it’s a stroke of good fortune for the competing researcher who has been spying on this man and can now claim this breakthrough as his own. For the new cop who confiscates the Lamborghini and gets to drive it to the police lot (via the scenic route). For the local funeral home that badly needs the business.

    And for the bushman in the African jungle, or the aborigine in the Australian outback, it’s a non-event; it doesn’t even register in their lives.

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  4. It's a tragedy that an innocent Lamborghini doing only what it was genetically predisposed to do through no fault of its own should be at the center of this tragedy.

    It's a tragedy that many people will walk away from this story thinking, "Those damn Lamborghini! Just goes to show you!"

    It's a tragedy that with all the cuts in research funding, the future is bleak for other Lamborghini that might otherwise be transformed into useful members of the automotive world.

    It's a tragedy that I never became a doctor. No wait, it would have been a tragedy had I become a doctor. No wait, neither really qualifies as tragedy.

    It's a tragedy that I can' really empathize with the tragic circumstances described above. Oh the humanity (or lack thereof).

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  5. hai,sree it's very inspiring
    i need ur e-mail address
    i wanna discuss further
    could u plz send it to my e-mail:
    murali.madhunisha@hotmail.co.uk
    thnx

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