Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Crows and a mere word associated with them!


"All humans are hypocrites the biggest hypocrite of all is the one who claims to detest hypocrisy." - Peter Wastholm

I recently got to know what a group of crows is called. I know it might be considered as a lack of knowledge and can be quite embarrassing, because this all, we are already done with studying in the initial years of our education! But then you learn new things every day, few of them are absurd, few of them makes you feel such an idiot and few of them can actually make you raise questions on your complete education! Phewww…

Anyways, so let's get back to ‘the group of crows’. People who already know the answer: You can skip the complete drama that I am going to create in this paragraph and save yourselves by jumping to the next one. People who don’t know: Guess. Guess what it might be called? Group of crows… Nahhhh…. Crowd… Nahhh…. Flock… Nahhh…Gathering, cluster, bunch… No, No, No! Ok, enough of drama. So, it is called ‘Murder of crows’ Surprised? Yes, it is! And guess who associated the poor creatures with this word. This, obviously even animals can guess! We, the humans, who think too great of themselves…

Now, why have we, the great-est species amongst all the species that ever existed on the face of this planet chose this name for a mere bird. There are several different explanations for the origin of this term, mostly based on old folk tales and superstitions. But first, let's look at the literal meaning of the word, Murder, which is killing, homicide, assassination, liquidation, extermination, execution, slaughter, butchery, massacre. Have you ever seen a crow doing anything that even comes closer to any of the words mentioned above? I read somewhere that this term has been given to the 'crow' for its traditional association with violence, death, or to its harsh and raucous cry. Really? As if, we humans never cry or howl or scream or wail! 

Another reason: There is another theory that suggests that this is based on the (fallacious) folk tale that crows form tribunals to judge and punish the bad behavior of a member of the flock. If the verdict goes against the defendant, that bird is killed (murdered) by the flock. Yeah, and we have never ever done that! Go to any village of UP, Bihar and Haryana, you will witness the brutality which will reveal that we are worst than any animal on earth! And still, the word murder shouldn’t be associated with us. We do not even spare our own children on the name of honor for God sake! I am sure crows would at least not do that! But still they are ‘murder of crows’

Wait, there are more reasons and theories for this word 'murder' being given to a bunch of crows.

Somewhere I remember reading that it is also because crows scavenge on human remains, atleast they feed on the remains of dead bodies. We, humans kill the animals and then, feed on them. Who deserves to get associated with this label of 'Murder'

The most absurd reason that I found is that many people fear them simply because of their black feathers, which associate them with death (and what about our black souls and hearts?)

Now, I am not here to defend crows. Not at all… But then, I am so much amazed at our hypocrisy. We, humans who are murderers: the brutal ones, we who kill and wage wars on other countries, just for our own selfish motives, dare to name other animals with such horrible terms.

See what is happening in the world now? People are killing each other, just because they want their belief to win. But we shouldn’t be called Murderers! No, we shouldn't, though ‘Murder of Humans’ suits us the most, I guess. Ahhh, but then that will probably reveal our reality, the horrifying face of us...

Tell me one animal, which is as brutal as humans. Animals usually kill to feed themselves and their family. And the list of our reasons for killing others is endless, guess the feeding (because of  choice and not compulsion) being the last.

We even hunt and kill animals for pleasure, but we shouldn’t be associated with the word ‘murder’. 

Why are we, such hypocrites! 

I wonder what word crows would be using for “a group of humans”!

I wish someday these animals learn to speak and write. That day will be the last day of us, glorifying ourselves and vilifying other animals!

P.S I wish I was a warg* at times. So, that I could enter in other animals’ mind and see what they think of us. I know it would be dirty, actually worst than that. 
*In Game of thrones, Wargs are people with the ability to enter the minds of animals and perceive the world through their senses and even control their actions. The act of doing this is called "warging".

P.P.S You haven’t seen GOT? Seriously! Go and watch it… Its one of the best series I have ever seen and BTW, crows play quite an important role in this series! They are portrayed in a very nice image! And handsome too (Jon snow!). You would be drooling on this crow!!! Download now and watch! 

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