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Friday, January 12, 2007

The Bad Game of Life

posted by on January 12 at 11:13 AM

Look closely at the top of this hospital and you will see a few of its patients:
3bird hospital.jpg Operated by Jains (pronounced “Janes”) and located in New Delhi, India, this very special hospital accepts only birds (the limit is 60 a day), and is open roughly between 8 am and 8 pm. The hospital has an intensive care unit, an operating room, and a general ward. On Saturdays, its roof is opened and recovered birds (usually pigeons) fly out and back into the dangerous “urban jungle.” Though all birds are welcome, “the hospital reluctantly [treats] non-vegetarian birds.” (A bird doctor treating an injured hawk is much like a human doctor treating a gangster on the run from the law.) The hospital is busiest during the fall and winter months because, as a surgeon, Dr. Vijay Kumar, explained to Khaleej Times, “itís the kite-flying season in New Delhi.”

Each day we get scores of birds, mostly pigeons, whose limbs have been cut by kite strings in which the birds get entangled…

For Jain monks and nuns, life, no matter what form it takes, is of the greatest importance, and they do their best not to harm, hurt, or kill a single thing. Their commitment to this unusually high standard is so resolved, so extreme, that they travel with brushes and brooms to carefully remove insects from spots they might sit on. Though seeming to affirm life, this extraordinary care, this rejection of all death, is, ultimately, a rejection of the whole living world. Jainism is, as Nietzsche once wrote in an unrelated context, “a means and artifice for withdrawing from a bad game.”

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Phew, yeah, good thing there aren't more Jains in the world. Imagine what a shithole this place would be if religion led people to actually respect all forms of life!

(Seriously, Nietzsche? Do you ever quote someone from the last century, much less the current one?)

Posted by gfish | January 12, 2007 11:35 AM

Cool post, Charles.

Posted by Misty Brown | January 12, 2007 11:45 AM

That was truelly Awesome Charles . you seem like a really cool cat. metoo
I see a Spider in the House I pick it up and put it outside in the bushes and vines and all the while people around me are screaming
"why didn't you kill the spider"
"cause I don't want to"
"That spider could be poisonous"(whew never choose a word thats tricky to spell when your buzzed)

Usually I ask why didn't they get the spider and kill it if its so dangerous to them.

The answer is that they are afraid.

Why is it that people are so willing to kill but they are the ones so afraid?

And why is it that those who relish life in all its forms, yet can still snuff it, are not afraid and boldly let something live.

Posted by sputnik | January 12, 2007 11:50 AM

Philip Roth's "American Pastoral" gives a (revolting, and I have no clue whether accurate) portrait of a Jain. Brushing your teeth kills bacteria, and bacteria, too, are living creatures.

Posted by Eric F | January 12, 2007 12:14 PM

Accipiters are thugs? I'm no philosopher, but that seems like math just cuz you need some numbers to square the geometric shape up. Abstract, not real.

What's real? Animals, which with my consideration of them -- call it "friendliness", reveal themselves to be mind-blowingly arrayed with unique features that allow them to survive day to day and to make more of themselves. Just like humans! Amazing.

Too many people want all non-human animals to get out of the way, to disappear. I don't buy into the fear of anything non-Human. They're not my enemies. I took my hummingbird feeder in last night so the liquid could unfreeze. Me and the hummingbirds have something in common besides the feeder: We both know that it's fucking cold outside.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | January 12, 2007 12:19 PM

If this hospital did brain surgeries they would have to have a "bird brain surgeon".

worst. joke. ever. sorry

Posted by longball | January 12, 2007 3:06 PM

This goes to show that, as suspected, KITES ARE SATAN'S PLAYTHINGS.

Posted by Stephanie | January 12, 2007 3:47 PM

As if there aren't enough goddamn pigeons already.

Posted by keshmeshi | January 12, 2007 5:20 PM

And who is responsible for so many pigeons in cities...hmmm, could it be those funny, big brained monkeys who ride around in pollution spewing metal canisters?

Posted by Special K | January 12, 2007 5:30 PM

Hey sputnik you are a cool dude. I like your high thinking. Every living being loves its life just like humans.

Posted by Raj | January 13, 2007 2:22 AM

The other bird hospital is called Seattle.

Posted by D is for Dobbs | January 13, 2007 11:02 AM

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