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The Pope and Power

The Pope and Power.

The Pope and Power

 

“The Bible and the Catholic Church have never taught that it is a “sin” to be homosexual.”
—–really??!!……but this actually appeared on a Foxnews website under the title-What Pope Francis really said about gays — and no, it’s not new. The article proceeded mentioning the “gravity” of the Pope’s visit to Rio and how the media had “twisted” his words of wisdom. Well i was not surprised when i found that the piece is  actually written by a Father who also happen to be the program director of the Catholic channel. Now that answers the question.

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The pope’s visit to Brazil, the country having the largest catholic population, has indeed given birth to stories having different conclusions.  For some the papacy became more liberal than it ever was before, it left the conservatives little hurt, the church little upset (in one version of the story), for others the pontiff is the man of the moment, a rockstar who actually rocked Rio. For me, it left me with thoughts  filled with skepticism. And here i want to share those thoughts with you and i’ll definitely look ahead to your  views and opinions.

The TIME in one of it’s article labelled Francis as ”rockstar”. The very word speaks a lot in itself. the pope had certainly rocked Rio, no doubt, it’s popularity has rocked skyhigh, and the mass worth-mentioning. And the pontiff  had open-car, less men-in-suits, and his attempts to get-closer to the mass was successful. His speech had the flavor of  a pope calling for-change we need . He wants the church move closer to the people , closer to the mass. He called for the church to walk on the people’s side. And he asked the very question–” Are we still the church capable of warming hearts?”.

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And never forget it was World Youth Day.

Brazil, is the home of the largest catholic population, but the protestant and evangelics are on the rise and on rapid rise. Young people are finding the church less interesting and of course less warming. To the Pope the fact is not unknown. That’s why perhaps he had that evangelical tone when he addressed the crowd.  After all he knows that the church in order to retain its dominance in the region it needs the youths, it needs the devotion of the young people and their submission to the church. How can i forget that it was world youth day?? The youths had always been the target-market of any cause be that religious or otherwise. They have the enthu, the guts, devotion and the energy. Exactly the chemical a struggle needs. In Brazil,  for Francis it’s a an empire which is slowly but prominently slipping  away from Vatican. i am not at all surprised to hear the pope say–“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” …...For some it might sound that the pontiff had opened his liberal eye, but is that the truth???….The church had  for long  outcasted the homosexuals, disregarded them, forsaken them and even ordered to burn them in some cases. This inhuman stand is equally declared in all of the monotheistic religion. Yet they had taken pride for this for centuries. But why now we find a change of tone from the pope himself??…..i can’t actually agree with the church-gone-liberal idea.

In this century people are more interested to understand anything with logics than with myths and superstitions. The shadow of religion is certainly fading. Who can understand it better than the vanguard himself.?? The change of tone is actually a strategic change. Of course to retain the dominance of church. The target-market as always is the Youths. Now that answers –  why being the– “Rockstar”, why the revolutionary speech, why the whole set-up of walking on the people’s side…

From a skeptic point of view to me Religion(esp. the monotheistic ones) after the end of the day is another cause set-up for the struggle of power. And it has an illusionary effect on the mass driven by emotions. So, the Rio visit was actually a part of a gameplan laid for the cause of…….the same old….POWER…

 

I am a feminist…

I am a feminist….

The Dead Zone

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Science class was  on. No doubt I was supposed to be attentive just like the rest of the class. But one thing I never understood is why do all these ideas(or whatever you like to call them) pop up during these classes…The rest is just a part of a  scribbling on the unused corner of my science book…and when I put all together, it left me wondering about all those metaphors I have used ….but anyway I liked the piece.

Look beyond those symbols I used, afterall it is (was) just another scribbling…

The Dead Zone

BLOOD and Scream…..blood and scream….and limbs of unknown Human beings stacked one upon another- so ruthlessly.Heap of concretes, piles of ashes and blood. More blood. More screams.

Two insomniac eyes. Transfixed. Visions started to blur.  A mixture of Agony and Anger, opening an aisle to the abyss. A window to the Inferno  Shadows engulf the moon. A child trapped between Life and Death . Cursing every moment in this godforsaken world, it cries. It feels so near, yet so far.       Two Vultures…too high above earth….a thin curve of smile appears on their cunning faces. Every moment of opportunity equally magical – knowing this they give the wicked dive.A mad rivalry begins. An everlasting hunger for blood, more blood. A fog of gunpowder fills the air.

Visions blurred. The place – which once they called the Paradise, fresh with the fragrance of lives a moment ago, now just an ashtray- a Wasteland- a Nothing. Deformed limbs of soldiers rotting in the darkness. A maddening scream and a pool of blood, a women unsurfaced from the bottomless pit.The first air of Life fills her veins- after 15 long nights in the abyss, where each night is another trip to Hell, each moment another step closer to the eternal silence. She senses a frail sunlight,but cant feel it. She feels – Nothing.

Blood and scream…Far away a siren cries, so weak as if from another distant world. Two half-dead eyes, a sarcastic look. 

Now she feels something- a detest for Life, an insane hatred towards the ‘Fate’- which so mercilessly thrashed her. Like an insect. Nothing more. A soulless world.She loathes everything ever happened in her worthless LIFE—Life??!!… is it worth calling it life??….too cheap ….too forgettable. 

Visions burred. Again, a flood of light. A pack of mindless wolves, clad in silk suits and polished shoes. So proud yet so lifeless. the kings of today , the Judas of tomorrow.A brightly lit conference room. Filled with smokes of hypocrisy and the sweet aroma of lies….too luminous yet too unreal …. A round of lies followed by a round chuckles. They chant together in rhythms —                                “The numbers matter-not the lives; the market cries; forget the humans who died”  

But cynical me, perplexes and hear– “Those are pearls that were his eyes”.  (WASTELAND:Eliot)

Soulless creatures rise from this wasteland. Neither living nor dead. In a million years they bled once. It is Black- the colour of their toxic blood. And we drink it- together. Homage to the Beast. Visions blurred. Once again. Fragments of images , as if parts of a zigsaw puzzle, forms a muddled picture.

Tick- tock……tick -tock……I hear once again, the clock crying in distress. With some thudding neurons, where a steam of despair has clotted, I turn off the television.Leaving an untidy room and a stockpile of leftovers behind, I make it to the balcony. It is a dark world out there. Where demons reign. Shadows engulf the moon. For a few countable minutes-I feel a wind whoosh past me. Reminding me, perhaps warning me-                                                                                               “It might be a long night, another dead winter , but still you’re quite a distant from the dead zone….merely a transfixed observer….never will you feel the agony….never in the same way…never…”                                                                                           

The ravenous skeptic inside my head violently explodes!!!

the Skeptic speaks…

810142-130713-malala-at-unPerhaps just like another observer of events around the globe, I was following the Malala  case for some time. By this time she had made a well reputation of a diehard girl in a struggle for promoting education in a corner of the world which believes in shackles and chains.  Part of the incidents like the Taliban assault on her made to the headlines. Well, I am not focusing on that part (I certainly have a place of respect for her struggle) but today I will let the skeptic inside me speak.

Let’s start with this-“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” she said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.”.http://world.time.com/2013/07/12/pakistani-teenager-shot-by-taliban-comes-to-un/

A portion of the speech Malala delivered in the UN, I can’t deny that these words are valuable and they have an essence of truth in it.But what has started to disturb me is the very question- Are these words actually her own??  

Another thought that disturbs me is – How far is she genuine or she is just another media face??
I know these are stuffs that should not pop-out, not in a moment when the UN has declared- Malala Day. Again I want to add that I do honour for fight , her cause and things for which she stands (at least what the media let out). And just like everyone of you who finds optimism watching her steps, I also wanted to believe in her originality. Sad but true the skeptic inside me won’t let it go. Again it is certainly not something outlandish for Malala to be another of those media faces,right?? Who pops out very often and then everyone has a good time, then years go by and the old face is replaced by a new one. New spices in the blogs, websites and new headlines. And everyone seems to like it that way.  But what if the truth is on the other side? if she is another media face?? 

Every piece of news or writings on malala  is riddled with optimistic comments from the viewers, comments where there is encouragement for her to move ahead, where I find people desperate -seeking the end of the shackles , and they are convinced and they believe in Malala, most importantly they have placed their hope on her. Can she answer this calling ?? Or will we find her fade away and replaced by another of those media faces?? Is she simply another spice in the wired world, made exclusively for hungry mass?? Or is she actually the girl worth all those optimism?? These thoughts are something that worries me right now .(yes, in a time when the world is celebrating Malala Day)

Attila Ovari

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