How I See It

I'm amused by how different religious rituals are. For example, say during Easter celebrations, you get small eggs, maybe chocolate filled, hide them across a field and then have your children search the area for them. Maybe they want to paint on the eggs and pass them around to their friends. You also have that cute Easter Bunny, he's usually credited for the eggs being there, and is strongly associated with Easter to children.Children grow up loving that Easter Bunny and from there onwards they make sure it's a part of their child's mindset.

But what I love the most, is that during Eid il Adha, the fabulous sheep is its main image, and what a good job at establishing and maintaining that image (even though I don't find sheep to be even remotely 'cute'). But see I have a small problem with the sheep. It starts off with the father taking his child to the nearest farm, he talks to the friendly shepherd and is then taken to see the sheep. Plenty of sheep are available and the father happily asks his child to pick and choose his favorite sheep. The child browse through the sheep and picks his oh so favorite one. Tell his dad about that lovely sheep and then is taken inside and witnesses that sheep beheaded right before his eyes. The child is scarred for life and is no longer longing for that sheep pet.

So to recap, Easter Bunny made cut because he's loved by all children. Eid Sheep not advisable to make symbol of Eid.

I guess what I'm trying to say is: Happy Eid everyone!

Is Your Brain Eastern or Western?

Check out this really cool article from Adbusters.

They get to asking you to interpret the emotion of the person in the center and then go on explaining on how differently western and eastern societies interpret the central figure’s emotion.

It's a bit of a psychological article, which isn't everyone's cup of tea, but still I find it worth the read.

Here's an extract from the article:
"We congratulate ourselves on our individualism in our movies, our art, our personal relationships and, of course, our politics. But as we do so, we perpetuate this trait – perception informs culture, culture informs perception – until we mistake the way we see the world for the only way to see the world. "
 Read the rest of the article here What Do You See?