Word of the Week #60:


No, we are not talking about obesity. People can be so touchy, you know.

Instead, let us talk about people on the opposite end of the scale; people who actually need more of our attention than they currently do. So, obviously, we are not talking about fashion models either…

Today, as we speak, over 20 million people lie at risk at death from starvation. This comes after it was concluded well over a hundred years ago that distribution of food is more to blame for famines than its actual scarcity.

However, being just a fiction writer, I am not the most equipped to offer a singular solution to end this current crisis.
Additionally, being a horribly heartless human, I am neither equipped to shed much light at their plight.

Instead, let us consider a hypothetical scenario that can only be described in one way.

You see, just a few minutes back, I was thinking about the ongoing famine in Yemen and a stray thought popped into my head:

What if someone suggests cannibalism as a viable way to counter famine?

Gruesome? Definitely! Absolutely impossible? Well, after everything we have seen over the past couple of years, I cannot say that with complete conviction.

You see, the notion of the strong preying on the weak is not alien to our society. We do tend to restrain ourselves at just leading others to a miserable demise. How can we say with absolute certainty that nobody would realise that actually biting the flesh right off their bones can be more productive in the long run.

Isn’t that what we are currently seeing in Attack on Titan?
Isn’t that what we have already seen in The Time Machine?

Can we say that absolute certainty that future predicted by H. G. Wells will never come to be, and the current intra-species equation of “Haves” and “Have Nots” will never morph into an inter-species one of “Predator” and “Prey”?
Can we say with absolute certainty that your ancestors will not feast on mine?

If I may leave you with a quote from one of my favourite people ever…

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

—Mark Twain

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Yashas Mahajan

Author of Arrkaya: Origins, now available online... Increasingly being referred to as The Writer Guy...

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