Tuesday, 2 February 2010

A feline fable

I've just finished reading a rather good book - Suketu Mehta's Maximum City: Bombay Lost And Found. In it, he refers to this parable told to him by a Gujarati doctor:
"A long time ago, a man was conducting a wedding. A cat was running around the marriage hall, disturbing things. So he tied it to a pillar. Afterwards, generations of the man's family, whenever they had a wedding, found a cat and tied it to one pillar of the hall, believing it to be a required wedding custom."
It highlights the absurdity of blind faith at a time when, in the US, the Christian right is denouncing science - sometimes medicine - in favour of prayer and a misguided trust in God.

Pic credit: Portrait of an LBX

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