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Faith & Belief, in Chennai crumbles!


WOE UNTO THE WORLD BECAUSE OF OFFENCES, BUT WOE UNTO THE MAN THROUGH WHOM THE OFFENCE COMETH – Jesus.

The point which, as I understand of the verse today is that, there is no way we can eliminate ALL the problems of Life. But each individual through humility, skill and effort should do that which is required to be done to the best of his belief, ability and knowledge. The episode which I want to bring to focus is the crumbling of one of the Multi Storied Building(MSB) named FAITH and BELIEF, which crumbled trapping unnumbered humans in the city of Chennai in a locality called Moulivalkam. 

The number of floors  of each of the towers is 11 floors. One tower has fully collapsed- thankfully, the apartments had NOT been occupied. When scientific knowledge had not evolved to the extent, it was told: WISE is the man who built his house on the ROCK. A strong footing is essential to place a building so that the internal disturbances or the external vicissitudes do not impact a building to the extent of making it crumble. That is why we have SOIL TESTING and STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS. 

One doesn’t know the condition of the soil or the layers which lie beneath the surface and unless the soil is understood and suitable structure is raised one is sitting on a time-bomb – only thing is that when the TIME is or when that TIME would be triggered is NOT KNOWN. 

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), does not look into the soil report or the structural design of an MSB plan before approving it. Now that we are all wiser by hindsight, it is time that CMDA has its own soil testing and structural design engineers who would approve MSB projects for which interested parties submit their plan. 

The problem is that most of the MSBs are joint ventures, which means there are four interested parties: the land owner, the builder, the banker, and the buyer of an apartment. Except for the banker, none of them CAN wait. The builder wants to sell his share of the apartments and exit to the next project; the land-owner wants his share for possession and disposal of some apartments which fall to his share so that he could create liquidity; the buyer wants to occupy quickly or put it on rent: but the only person who is in no hurry is the BANKER who wants as much delay so that his interest component goes up or the builder defaults and the banker acquires a right in his share of the apartments for auction!

In this background, doing multiple soil testing, getting a proven structural engineer (who does not go by the builder’s request for keeping the cost low!) are the barest minimum. But in Chennai, because of the stable real estate prices, every tom, dick and harry who has land or liquidity has become a BUILDER without having either the diligence nor the knowledge to handle MSB projects. 

While sympathizing with those persons who have lost their near and dear ones and still hoping that they would be found ALIVE, it is time that the Tamil Nadu government legislated on the requirement of soil testing and thereafter doing the structural designing of the foundation, failing which the government would be encouraging the carpet baggers to become fly by night builders having NO social responsibility. The biggest problem that one faces with the FOUNDATION is that there is seldom any room for REVISITING the issues, primarily because, the problems do not show up before tragedy strikes.

 

BELIEF based on today’s info!


I thought only the uneducated, the illiterate and the indigent entertain beliefs which are not necessary to believe. Especially when tragedy knocks at the door of an individual, the individual’s tendency to believe in ridiculous reasons being the “CAUSE” exponentially increases!

In the state of Karnataka in our UNION of States as was published in INDIA TODAY, there is a practice called madey-snana, which is ‘stupid’ to the discerning!

In the it powerhouse of Karnataka, in a district with 88.62 per cent literacy according to Census 2011, a group of Dalits rolls over leftover food eaten by Brahmins every year in the belief that all troubles and ailments will be cured. This year, on November 29, an estimated 25,000 people rolled over the “spit” of Brahmins as the district administration watched helplessly after attempting to ban the event. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/karnataka-dalits-rolls-over-leftover-food-eaten-by-brahmins/1/165656.html

But upon closer scrutiny, i wonder if the “belief‘ is as stupid as the belief based on some medical research which relates throat cancer to cunnilingus!

In the newspaper interview Douglas, who stars in the just-released biopic of flamboyant entertainer Liberace, Behind The Candelabra, said his cancer was caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

According to the audio clip, The Guardian journalist asked him: Do you feel, in hindsight, that you overloaded your system? Overloaded your system with drugs, smoking, drink?

“Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus,” Douglas replied.

(http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/michael-douglas-denies-sex-cancer-link/story-fni0xqll-1226656603537)

Subsequently, Michael Douglas has stated that he had not said so, but THE GUARDIAN has posted an audio clipping, stated to have been a part of the interview! So now, we as readers can believe either Douglas or The Guardian (how are we to assume that Douglas’ voice was not imitated?)

In any case, the source that Douglas claimed was BRITAIN’S National Health Service! Is the research in such a nascent stage that the NHS has been silent on this issue? When any smoker is afflicted with throat cancer, the first thing an Allopath would write, as of now,  on the prescription would be ‘SMOKER’ in capital letters! Then the data is sold to the Cancer Research Institutes, with the case-history of that smoker being included as a throat cancer patient caused by SMOKING!!

Now if all the allopaths have any common sense, they should write to NHS and find out if HPV through cunnilingus causes cancer of the throat.  NHS should give wide publicity to all males and females, who are in such a habit, to refrain from cunnilingus, so that the future generations do not expose themselves to such problems! I hope LANCET would come out with a paper on this!

Leave the throat cancer aside, another celebrity Brad Pitt’s wife Angelina Jolie went through a double mastectomy on the grounds that medical research has proved that those who have a  BRCA gene mutation, are LIKELY to be of high risk group in breast cancer! So her BELIEF in the findings of research has led her to take a prophy”lactic” measure!

So, are these persons who glorify research through these “HOPELESS” actions any better than those who practice madey snana?

I think not. The only difference is that one is FAITH BASED BELIEF and the other is SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BASED BELIEF. Both are BELIEFS, but the difference is that those who believed in science based beliefs, have portrayed that the scientific conclusions arrived at by these research institutes are INELUCTABLE, therefore TAKE EXTREME ACTION!

If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off. It is better to enter the kingdom of God maim than to be thrust into hell with both hands!

We as a generation have LOST A SENSE OF BALANCE. We could still have hope that in future they might find medical ways to overcome the present day’s insurmountable barriers. Why do we not entertain HOPE- because, it COULD be a false HOPE and a bad future may arrive without any remedy? So let us get extreme……..

We not only DO NOT HAVE a sense of BALANCE, we have also stunted our capacity for ENDURANCE. Should we be so pusillanimous as to succumb to such fears of an uncertain future? NO, not at all. At least not based on the so called FUNDED MEDICAL RESEARCH.

The Man who ran away!


He had a automatic pistol, or so he claimed! He said that the pistol was loaded at all times and the same way with him! He had kept that pistol since his youth- so he said. Many miracles he performed and some of those were not because he did anything, but because the beneficiaries believed that he COULD- or so he said!!

None had seen the pistol except for him- so He said.

Yet in n odd situation he was caught by his enemies and brought him up for ‘DEMOCRATIC’ JUSTICE! What can Democracy have anything to do with Justice except for putting the right persons as Judges. Democracy is ll about opinion and that need not be “just”, as lack of responsibility leads to IRRESPONSIBLE OPINION!

He was bundled before the rabble, for Justice- or so they THOUGHT! His threats were well-founded but not to the liking of the priests. The priests shaped the  opinion of the masses. The Democratic method was to the liking of the crowd- each participated and diluted the strength of his/her opinion. The amalgam of the result was interpreted by the psephologists to mean that HE had to be lynched- or so they said.

His pistol was neither seized nor seen by anyone else- or so they thought!

They CRUCIFIED him, and was FINISHED- or so the priests thought! Three days later his dress was bundled and in the corner with his body MISSING- NONE NOTICED A PISTOL there- but some found him ALIVE AGAIN or so they said!

I BELIEVE HIM AS HE BELIEVED IN HIMSELF AND NEVER FELT THE NEED TO PROVE TO ANYONE THAT HE HAD AN AUTOMATIC PISTOL & HE NEVER EVER USED IT- or so i BELIEVE!

 

 

BELIEF


Belief is the perfect substitute to man’s imperfect understanding.

Since facts are not knowable always, structural beliefs step in to fill up the gaps.

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