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The 'Fantastic' in 'H-Ray' Vision
by Hillol Ray
Neuroscience believes that impressions in brain
Come through a genetic level for sure-
Although we do not know how this works yet,
Still the researchers are ready to endure!
Human brains have natural instincts, and sometimes
Even phobias to guide the thought-
While the other possibilities are all sorts of
"Fantastic" ideas which are globally sought!
Art has profited from this source, and good art
Is sometimes fantastic in ordinary vision-
But this is always reminiscent of past impressions
In the minds with a 'focused' mission!
The source of the fantastic is the awe
That our ancestors felt when confronting the nature-
And the vision that tries to present nature as acceptable
Is the vision of art and caricature!
Mythology and religion have remained
As the enthusiastic triggers of the fantastic source-
And provoke us to ask: how the horrendous vision
Of destruction protrudes its ugly force?
How the apocalyptic visions and heinous crimes
Still live with us or roam around?
Such are the questions that boggle my mind
And these answers are yet to be found!
Human monstrosities are always with us
And their existence will remain as a possibility-
While brain- signals of serial killers will continue
To remind us of our own vulnerability!
Early man was highly impressed
By the "fury of elements" developed in his tiny brain-
While the flow of mythology still accompanies us
To ride our thought processing train!
Such mythology was intended to explain about
Nature's functions and assuage his fears-
But suddenly demons and God entered the scene
To populate the universe over the years!
A few centuries later, science unveiled the nature
To offer realities with the rational view-
And the so-called myths were no longer valid
With men with the exception of only a few!
This vision did not make us better and man has been
So possessed by his ego with power-
Followed by frenzies and monstrosities,
Drenched with addiction, lust and crime shower!
Science may have opened the door of external reality
To take civilization to a new height-
But it has failed to cope with the demons within us
And show them the path finding light!
The fantastic eruptions have become the common places
Of our lives without a recourse-
And we see peoples being murdered
In the name of God or holy drugs with sniper force!
Uttermost poverty is decimating populaces
In the poorest third of our hapless humankind-
While the quest for richness and power,
By hook or by crook flows in the corporate mind!
Man himself has been a collection of monsters
Even though the technology has moved us-
Still science has not enabled humanity
To get rid of its inner demons to eliminate the fuss!
His mind may be open to the present with
"Bells and whistles" of modern scientific tools-
But inside his brain lurk the lives and urges
Of old animal ancestors regarded as the fools!
We, the human being are succession of genetic forms
That has lived for billions of years-
And it's from this very basic past that fantastic arises
To immerse us in joy, fear and tears!
The demons' menace may take over us
As soon as the weak systems of reason will decay-
And H-Ray Vision warns that we may see the worst horrors
Of fantastic to keep us at bay!
March 16 ,2003
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