Let us become nobler

Sanskrit word 'Arya' or 'Aryam' stands for nobility. Let us implore everyone to become noble, the Arya or Aryam. Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Jews, communists or capitalists, rich or poor, clever or dumb, weak, meek or bully. Uncomfortable perhaps are they with other, threatening peace. Ray of hope for the world is ‘include-all’ ideas of ancient Indian wisdom popularly known as Hinduism. Only they knew how to celebrate individuality of each person. Aryas respect ideas of others, respect way of worship of others, help others and become a noble citizen of this wide and varied world. Idea behind this blog is to bring out those ideas and help each of us become better than what we are. 'N' in the 'Aryan', by the way, was a mistake made by colonial 'experts' who wanted to underplay and undermine the culture and religion of those who they clandestinely enslaved.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

"Eating Animals", a book by Jonathan Safran Foer

“Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Read review of this book (Review published in Los Angeles Times-Washington Post). Seemed very interesting

“With all the studies on animal agriculture, pollution, toxic chemicals in factory-farmed animals and exposes of the appalling cruelty to animals, we can’t plead ignorance, only indifference”

“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit and identity. For some, that irrationality leads to a kind of resignation. Think your way through it. Define the terms, Choose your priorities. You have that luxury”

Author recalls an episode from the life of his grandmother during the war. (Reviewer calls it as “Strongest part of the book”. Apparently it was a time of food scarcity and uncertainties. She was not sure if she could make it to another day. A farmer, a Russian sees her condition, goes into his house and comes back with a piece of meat.
“He saved your life”
“I didn’t eat it”
“What, it wasn’t Kosher?”
“Of course”
“But not even to save your life?”
“If nothing matters, there is nothing to save”

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