2005/10/13

Feeding The Bears

Thanks to Vitural Pus for this story.
From Reuters, Beijing (I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP)
China bear bile farmer eaten by own animals.

The man raised black bears in order to tap them for their bile (a Chinese folk remedy for fever and liver problems). When he went to clean their cage the other day, he was killed and eaten by six of his bears.

Some might say that the bears had a lot of gall, but it sounds to me like justice. Or dare I say "just desserts"?

When questioned by police, the bears could not agree on whether or not the man tasted like chicken.

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Tastes like chicken. No, Goldylocks. Chicken. Goldylocks...

15 comments:

The Moody Minstrel said...

Speaking of just desserts, I know the Chinese traditionally eat fresh fruit as the final course of a meal. What kind of fruit would go best with a bile farmer?

spdevu - (pn) The patron Hindu deity of spitting.

Pandabonium said...

Awe! I spelled desserts wrong! And in front of an English teacher. I'll correct it forthwith. or is it 4thwith?

I don't know about dessert, but a little mango chutney with the main course.....

word verification: accar

too easy.

YD said...

omigosh this is such a tragedy!... bad karma acted upon one who did bad.

Bile collecting is completely ruthless, just like the fur-coat making. once again, human hav proven their greed and selfishness using their intelligence.

Pandabonium said...

yd,

Perhaps I should have more compassion for the man who died and for his family, but I am just human and I find my compassion lies more with the suffering of the bears in this case.

Karma? Yes. He created the conditions of his own death.

Making light of it with some humor is a way of dealing with the horror which might otherwise overwhelm one's feelings. As bad as it may sound, I can't help but laugh at the situation.

The Moody Minstrel said...

I wonder if the old woman in Japan who recently got her toes chewed off by her beloved cat companion also falls into the category of "ironic animal karma"...

@ロウ 。LOW@ said...

Well, i for one, not afraid of such "karma". When i was a kid, i kept magpie robin, gold fish, turtle...all die "young".

Yes, including the turtle! Huh!

Never tried to keep any pets after i buried the turtle. God bless!

Pandabonium said...

Karma is interpreted somewhat differently in various Buddhist sects (I don't have sufficient knowledge of Hinduism to comment on their views) and has changed with time and cultural surroundings.

By some, it is viewed as a spiritual fate that is the result of things one did in previous lives. To others it is that one's mental and spiritual well being is the result of all of one's thoughts and actions. In any case, it is a spiritual term, not a law of physics.

The causes, or karmc actions of human thoughts, spirit, actions and their consequences are far more complex than the cause and effect of basic laws of physics that act for example when two marbles bump into each other. We just know that if our thoughts and acts are negative, the cummulative effect cannot be good.

We can however predict that if one mistreats a carnivore, one risks getting bitten. Or that leaving a helpless old woman who cannot even speak alone in a room with the window open, might allow something bad to happen to her. Karma enters into it, but not (according to Buddhism) as the direct cause of what happened.

Bad things do happen to good people and visa versa.

YD said...

I agree with pandabonium on the complexities of karma. There is misconception that karma that 'do good, get good; do bad, get bad return" or "do bad, born into animals'. This is a too-simplistic understanding about the law.

Karma, as its implicit meaning as "thought, word, deed", is a complex multi-dimension force which operates in its own field without clear distinctive 'action' and 'reaction'.

Some treated karma too simplistic as pastlife/present life. Some decide to delve into more interwining interaction of transient thoughts, intentions and actions. The latter appeals to me more, because if karma is so simple like the first model, many unfairness would have been easily solved.

There is a nice quote from the Venerable Nagasena, "Karma is not stored somewhere in this fleeting consciousness nor in any part of the body. But dependent on mind and body, it rests, manifesting itself at the opportune momen, just as mangoes are not said to be stored somewhere in the mango tree, but dependent on the mango tree they lie, springing up in due season."

Though the workings of Kamma surpasses our intellection, it gives a teaching of moral and spiritual responsibility for us. The fact that the Law of Kamma does not operate with mechanical rigidity allows us to have a moment of choice to rise above our bad karmic past, instead of being doomed to predestination and fatalism. Also, even for good people, there might be a bad karmic past which has not reaped yet, somewhere from past moments/times/lifes.

Pandabonium said...

YD - you are wise beyond your years, my dear. [and not just because you said you agree with me! :^)]

Lawrence Welk said...

And uh now for all our friends out there in uh television lant, the boys in the band will play that wunnaful tune....

"Bear Bile Polka" and a one and a two....

The Moody Minstrel said...

I've always thought of karma as being simply the weight carried by your soul, kind of like the chain forged in life a la Marley in Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Whatever influence that weight/chain might have on your life, current or otherwise, depends on how you are able to deal with it. Some people might actually feel more secure lugging around a ponderous length of spiritual metal.

The basic concept of freeing your soul from unnecessary deadweight seems to be a recurring theme in historical and world religions, albeit under different names and through the windows of different cultures. I guess it should just be seen as a fundamental truth regardless of what symbol you tend to treat as holy or how and in what direction you pray.

favqy - (n) The musical key I feel most comfortable playing in.

Karl Rove said...

"Some people might actually feel more secure lugging around a ponderous length of spiritual metal."

we call those people "politicians".

Pandabonium said...

I agree Moody. There are fundamental elements of the human condition which all religions and philosophies try to deal with.

The Buddhist pureland teachings which originated in China and dominate the sects in Japan recognize that people are incapable of conquering their karma on their own and focus on the compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to save them rather than through self effort. And Christians look to Jesus to save their souls.

So in a sense all of those people are comfortable with their imperfection (or chains) because they have faith that some higher power will rescue them spiritually.


awtzt - what a teenager exclaims when they wake up to find a large pimple on their nose.

The Moody Minstrel said...

That explains why so many "exemplary citizens" in Japan are so corrupt...just like these Gospel-spouting corporate and political leaders in the States.

A girl I once (unfortunately) met who was a student at a private Christian high school summed it up nicely:

"It doesn't matter what I do to other people. I know God will forgive me, and they'll all go to hell."

hckkjp - The sound that came as a result of the sudden convulsion of my abdomen that followed hearing that remark.

Pandabonium said...

How true. There are some books as well as discussions by ministers in the Buddhist sect that I adopted, to explain to temple members that being saved by Amida is not a blank check for doing as one pleases.

In the Americas, temple members are much more active in the religion and study it much more than I've seen in Japan. Here it seems to simply be a tradition, just as Shinto has become, as there is not much more than a superficial understanding.

My understanding of Christianity is that people who act like the girl you described will definitely be headed for a hot place.

ufbuj: what I tell my uf when I want it to move.