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.
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.