Even the kindest one of us can be insanely cruel! The fact that we need to cloth ourselves is cruel – some creature somewhere has to give its life so we stay warm or fashionable, so what if we have not spent one day in our lives without doing some kind of charity or the other. The creature is dead! It died not knowing why it was supposed to and who its life/death is going to benefit. But hey, before I start sounding like a crazy social activist let it be known I am a non vegetarian who loves animals (when they are alive too)!!! I cry when I see a slaughter house but I love crispy fried lamb in green chillies! Go figure! Imagine if we are capable of confusing ourselves to this extent what we must be doing to the universal order!
The likes of me take immense comfort in books written by authors like Kahlil Gibran, which teach us how to be respectful about the meat you consume and explains how that same meat then lives in us, through us. Well maybe there are many interpretations of that chapter but I take comfort in my personal interpretation of it and feel evolved in ‘humanity’!
The likes of me also wonder whether we were chosen to be the privileged lot with the mighty opportunity to be humans just so that we could make the best of our lives. Eat the best, look the best, make the best decisions and lead the best while we last. Maybe it came as a reward because we have no clue what the tragedies in the insect world look like. Maybe we flip roles in this universe, so that all (with or without the knowledge of humanity) get a fair chance to be cruel and then dumb. Maybe we, with all our vanities, are actually the subject of a great joke. My creator alone knows what is to become of me when I die – he knows whether I will just fade away into the wind and live in nature – a free spirit – or whether I will be born an ant to be trampled upon the very day I was born.
The entire thesis and anti- thesis of this subject may very well continue till I actually become that ant. Till then I think I will live this life to the fullest and do the best I can to give us humans a good name. That is what then I will call my personal humanity.
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