Sidharth Vardhan

The Orphan Argument

(First written sometime in 2015) In dark abysmal nights, an infant – not more than a few minutes into the world was crying; crying for his mother who died giving birth to him. It weeps, cries, requests, prays for his mother, his little hands outstretched to be taken into her arms. The world trembles and wounded human hearts are trying what they may to comfort him. And yet who can take his mother’s place for an infant. Nothing could comfort him but the as yet unknown face attached to that womb which this far was his home. No, it weeps and continues to ask for his mother – his requests in his innocence are appeal to all, the whole universe, including, if he or they exist, your God or gods. You say pray, he is praying in as much his innocence allows him to. You say pray with all your heart and you will get, yet what other prayers were made with all one’s heart. You say you shall get what you deserve, then can you claim an infant’s right to his mother? You say ‘pray and you shall get if you come with clean hands. Can anyone else claim to

Worth Killing

(First written sometime in 2014) X:“it is the cost you have to pay, a sacrifice you have to make in order to save your beliefs. Y:“But they were innocents.” X:“So they were but you can’t help it if the belief of many will cost the lives of a few.” Y:“but they didn’t volunteer to do so.” X:“That’s doesn’t matter.” Y: (after some thinking)“Tell me something, how many people must believe in something, to make it worthwhile taking the life of one unwilling innocent?” X: “I don’t understand your question?” Y: (points to a little kid playing in the lawn) “Tell me something, if I was to suddenly start believing in a new God but that kid somehow threatens my belief merely by being there. Would it be okay for me to kill that kid?” X: “of course not, you could just be excusing yourself. The belief of one person isn’t it enough.” Y: “but if say ten people were to believe in this new god?” X: “No, of course not. Still not enough.” Y: “If say a hundred people were to believe, the idea of my personal type of god, would then it be okay to kill that kid against