Trifextra Week 93: Bow Down

Intellectuals reviled.

Teachers denigrated.

Vitriol replacing discourse.

People hated for what they cannot control.

I am Ajñāna, slayer of Manas and Vijñāna, thwarter of Ānanda, ally of Napharata.

My children are taking over.

Word count:33

 

Trifextra Time! If you made it through the photos, welcome to the after-story explanation. Ajñāna means “ignorance” in Hindi, while Manas means “thought” and Vijñāna means “knowledge.” Ānanda is “bliss,” while Napharata means “hate” (for any actual Hindi speakers that might ever read this, if I am wrong on the names, please let me know).

I searched through photos looking for examples pointed out in the story. I probably shouldn’t have to explain this, but these photos DO NOT represent my views (except for, maybe, the Asimov one, and even then it is more complicated than a mere soundbite).  If you are wondering who the young woman in the last photo is, she is Malala Yousafzai, a fifteen-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the face for wanting an education. She was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but didn’t win.

The challenge rules:

Buddhist cosmology tells of Trāyastriṃśa, or the Heaven of Thirty-Three gods, which rule over the human realm.  This weekend we’re asking for exactly 33 of your own words about a god of your own devising that shares heaven with the other thirty-two gods.  Make it yours and have fun with it.

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12 thoughts on “Trifextra Week 93: Bow Down

  1. You didn’t pull punches, did you? Great commentary on society as a whole.

  2. Beautifully done, Jeremy! Love the underlying sentiment.

  3. More and more, I can’t comprehend the amount of ignorance and hatred in this world. It’s troubling, to say the least. A very powerful 33 words, indeed!

  4. Wow… that was something.

  5. Your 33 words pack a punch this weekend, very nicely done. Thanks for linking up and don’t forget to come back and vote!

  6. Your 33 words are a much-needed wake-up call for society. Nicely done!

  7. Powerful… yes unfortunately you are right.

  8. Well put, especially the part about being your children.
    It’s disheartening to see the things that are passed on.

  9. Stunning piece!Loved the way you incorporated all those names so smoothly:-)

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