RECAP: Continuing from the last time… Having come across a collection of some of the most evocative words in languages other than English that have no direct equivalents – and each of which having struck a chord in me – I’m going to post them a couple at a time, with explanations (not mine) and complementary visuals, for you to savour. And a request to all readers – can we make this interactive, where you can also contribute some more in languages you speak / know, which I will compile?
Ths time, Japanese, a little downbeat, about the current state of the world… Continue reading →
Both reject, both disbelieve, both repudiate
Exhort, incite, instigate, intimidate
Challenge, provoke, propagandize
Mock, joust, maim, kill, eulogize
Irresistible force, immoveable object
Seismic shocks, cataclysmic change
The world tremulates
Christian vs Muslim vs Hindu.
Versus Jew. Versus Buddhist.
Sikh. Yazidi. Zoroastrian. Atheist.
Brahmin vs Backward. Sunni vs Shia.
Native vs Immigrant. Local vs Settler.
Nation vs Country. Tribe vs Tribe. Brother vs Brother.
Who are they who defend God?
Did He ask them to?
If He is All Powerful, why does He need defending? I was told He would take care of us, not that we would need to look after Him.
If He is the Creator, why do they destroy?
Who heard Him cry out for revenge? Why didn’t the neighbours hear Him? Why don’t you and I? If He can speak to them directly and call them to war, why did He send us avatars and apostles and prophets and angels of peace?
Is He happier now that murders in His name have been committed? Was He happy when they slaughtered kids earlier? Or do they hear from a different God in a language the rest of us don’t understand?
If every deed done by man is done in His name, why does man do misdeeds?
What is this mind for, if the hand is to kill? Why did He give us reasoning and the power of intellect if He wanted them to be subsumed by base metal and sharp edges of a sword?
Who lies? Did He? Surely not. The holy books? I think not, but if they did why are they holy?
Or is it they who lie?
Questions. Questions. Questions aplenty.
Can the defenders of faith defend themselves from the questions I ask?