March 12, 2007

Making of the Frankenstein

Here is how Webster defines "Frankenstein"

Frankenstein: a monstrous creation; especially a work or agency that ruins its originator.

I am reminded of the baddie in Spiderman movies... usually its the man controlled by machine, or a monster that goes out of hands. Now tell me instantly, what real-life concept would you equate to this word? Just curious to know your thoughts!

The first thing that came to my mind is our EGO that influences every act of ours. As a child, we had none. But, we nurtured it and let it grow like a wild plant in the garden. Now, it has outgrown all others to influence us the most.

For those not familiar with what ego actually is... here is an excerpt from About:
Ego is nothing but pride in its inflated form. An egoist claims much for himself and concedes little to others.

Here are a few snippets borrowed from sacred texts that explains what is ego & why it is bad.

"...The ego gropes in darkness, while the Self lives in light..." - Katha Upanishad

"The ego is like a stick dividing water in two. It creates the impression that you are one and I am another. When the ego vanishes you will realize that Brahman is your own inner consciousness." - Shri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa

Hey! Here is an idea to put the concept of ego to good use. How about compelling each corrupted person (politicians, officers, or anybody proved guilty) to ride on a donkey's back. This can bring insult to those corrupted individuals, and get the attention of the media and the public. This way, we can hit on their delicate spot of self-respect & social-prestige, and control corruption to some extent.

It sounds like we can extract the sweet of honesty out of a poison called ego. Just a thought...

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