I was planning to write about the Shah Of Blah, but he has to wait for a few days.
This video, if it plays, comes with a statutory warning: watch with care. It may offend many.
Yet, it is a video that forced me to re-evaluate some of my perceptions. It forces us to think.
When I saw the video, and saw the people cutting off pieces of the flesh of the corpses, and then feeding the corpses to the vultures, my initial reaction was of shock and revulsion. “How could they?”, I thought. “How very horrifying and disgusting”.
Yet, as I watched, and saw the vultures feeding in the calm landscaped countryside, I asked myself the question – “Why don’t I recall when I watch a butcher slice the skin and flesh off a goat?”
One man’s poison, is another man’s way of life.
Why indeed, do I look on calmly and think food?
The people were feeding the dead to the vultures. The vultures were feeding, and acting in accordance to their nature. When we see a vulture feeding off a dead carcass, we shrug our natures, and say, “Nature”.
When I saw the vultures feeding off the corpses (note – corpse, not carcass. Different word), I recoiled. this was my natural reaction.
While I do not advocate that we start chopping people to death (we have innovative ways enough of bombing them to death), and start feeding them to vultures, the video forced me to acknowledge a few things.
We are driven by our cultural upbringing and perceptions of the way of the world, and the natural order of things. The people in the video probably felt that they were just feeding the vultures. I don’t know. Perhaps, they felt that they were preserving the natural order of things. Maybe, they felt that this way they treated the dead, and the vultures, with respect.
While we are comfortable (or not) with pressing a button and sending bombs down to earth, we are not comfortable with death when we come across it close enough.
Death makes angels of us all, said Jim Morrison. Death surrounds us every day, and we do not like to face the uncomfortable aspects of death.
For those of you who did manage to watch the video to the end, and who got past the initial reaction of shock and disgust – what did the video say to you?
What perceptions did it force you to re-evaulate?
What questions did you ask of yourself?
Did it push you beyond your zone of comfort?
Did I provide you with a dose of poison?