Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Only when you've lost everything..

.....are you free to do anything.

This is one of the more famous lines from Fightclub, which set me thinking. Let me analyze this statement in the following way. Take an example of a moderately successful man. He has a salaried job, has made the down payment for his house, is repaying his car loan installments on time.....In short, a model citizen, who forsees no great difficulty, luck willing, in his near future. Now, can you ever imagine this person trying to do something that is out of line from how he currently lives his life. Chances are I'll turn vegetarian before he does that. Why? Because he has a lot at stake here. Why on earth would anybody do something to disturb the fine balance achieved in ones lifestyle? (of course, there might be exceptions, but they are far in between)

Now consider a person opposite to the one mentioned above. Free from all burdens and expectations, with nothing to lose, he can go for broke. Like it's said, when you're right at the bottom of the pit, the only way for you is to go up.

I continue to be amazed by Fightclub.

Mooing on, I have found out that Vijay Krishna stands to make much more than me (theoritically) by helping the whatsisnames of the third world. I feel miserable. How I wish I get a couple more offers! I cant wait to see the light of the day, when I, Vinayak Kini, will be in the blogsphere, the richest man in India. (If Azim Premji can be the richest man based on his stock ownership of Wipro, then I am rich too....Stocks or to-be-made scam money, both of them can be of little value in no time).

I unearthed a little piece of trivia, and will post it as a question. If any of you know the answer, leave a comment behind (with the answer, of course)....You would've seen many movies, where the actors normally use the exclamation "Jesus.H.Christ"! (If you haven't, take my statement to be true...which it is, BTW). The question is, how did the term Jesus.H.Christ come into use?

[Today's Mood] : Doubtful (about getting my Visa)

[Today's Music] : Hoobastank


Vijay Krishna said...

I remember reading this a loooong time ago on The Straight Dope.

The Lord's Prayer begins... "Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name..." Someone got the idea while reciting this, and spoofed it into "Our Father in Heaven, Harold be Thy name..." Since JC is the son of the Lord, and it is normal in America to put the initial in between the first and last name, JC became JHC.

BTW, I'm told, the usage of JHC is considered a profanity / offense / blasphemy / sacrilege.

Vinayak said...

Righto buddy :)
Yes it is blasphemy...But then, the da vinci code is a best seller...blasphemy sells

Aparna S Mallya said...

The H stands for Harold, as in, "Our Father, who art in heaven, Harold be thy name". Actually, I've heard numerous explanations for the H over the years. The first is that it stands for "Holy," as in Jesus Holy Christ, a common enough blasphemy in the South, abridged to H by fast-talking Northerners. Other colorful Southern epithets include Jesus Hebe Christ and Jesus Hebrew Christ, which abbreviate the same way.

Ok, I did a copy paste here. So sue me.

Aparna S Mallya said...

'Chances are I'll turn vegetarian before he does that.', so u say. In the same breath you declare,'of course, there might be exceptions'.

Chances are u'll find an excuse not to turn vegetarian :)

Vinayak said...

err...mrs.mallya...mye eingleesh not very good as yours engleesh. Pardon the mistake