If you read nothing else...
If you read nothing else, then go here:
I am a first generation, American-born Indian (from India). I graduated from
Carnegie-Mellon University in 1988 and have since lived/worked in Milwaukee (Wisconsin),
Research Triangle Park (North Carolina), Grenoble, Toulouse and Montpellier (France) and
Leiderdorp and Voorschoten (the Netherlands), thanks to my wonderful Dutch wife.
Both Wanda and I are vegans (strict vegetarians) and Animal Rightists. You'll find more
information about this on my Animal Rights/vegetarian home page.
Years ago, I got a weird feeling when arguing with a meat-eater. As we argued, I felt this
person's "adult self" trying to come up with rational arguments. Yet I
couldn't help thinking that all the while, this person's "inner child" was
singing the Oscar Meyer Wiener jingle.
As intelligent and rational we'd like to appear, we've all been shaped by our childhood.
And a big part of our childhood consists of inane songs and stories which give us a
warped vision of animals and their true nature. We forget a loved one's birthday, but will
never forget the lyrics to Three Blind Mice. We all know the gist of Little Red Riding
Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and so on. The tenacity of these
children's songs and fairy tales tells us that:
- they are fulfilling a need
- their continued existence will promote a skewed vision of animals
- they represent an opportunity for Animal Rightists and vegetarians.
What if we replaced this arbitrary and haphazard nonsense with better stuff? This
better stuff would have to be:
- as (or more) catchy as the nonsense it proposes to replace
- freely distributable
By "freely distributable", I don't mean "in the public
domain". Rather, the author of a new work would include a statement like Copyright
(c) 1997 by Mohan Embar. All Rights Reserved. May be used and reproduced in unaltered form
if accompanied by this copyright message. In this way, we would allow free distribution
while preventing attempts to thwart our efforts.
So Let's Do It!
"Cool," you say. "So let's do it!". Okay, then come check out the web
site mentioned at the beginning of this article. There, you will find stories and songs
that I have created as well as others that people have submitted to me.
I have made the promotion of new, better songs and stories my life's calling. If you
share this vision, you are welcome to join me. I would like to:
- revamp this site to make it more visually appealing and less
- get a virtual WWW domain instead of my "home-pagey" URL
- find creative ways of advertising this site in order to encourage both
consultation and submissions
If you have any submissions or suggestions, please contact me at
P.S. This article's title alludes to my rewrite of Little Red Riding Hood: see
P.P.S. My apologies to non-Internet folks. At present, my limited time only permits me to
take computer submissions.