Philip Larkin’s High Windows

A poem about an old man looking at the ways of the new generation clearly bears a stain of regret. Is he jealous of the new generation for the freedom which they enjoy? Are all old men the same? How do humans see the happiness of others? They are important questions.

Generation gap is a problem faced by humankind from the times of Adam and Eve. These first parents could have looked at their children and commented: ‘These fellows are enjoying their lives better than we did. These fellows are less cultured. We were more moral than them. The good old days were better because we were more disciplined.’ When the children of Adam and Eve grew up they said the same things about their children and so on.

We feel sympathetic towards Philip Larkin are we feel sympathetic towards the older generation. But then, we should not become the slaves of the rules and dogmas created by the older generation. Yes, we should respect them, but we should not become actors in a drama produced and directed by the older generation. Yes, religion is dying, but it is only the beginning of a rebirth in religion. Religion should be reinvented with each generation or else religion will stoop into fanaticism.

Read the poem at http://allpoetry.com/High-Windows

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF DINGOISM

I      ALL ORGANISMS ARE GOOD AND EQUAL, BUT THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN DINGOISM ARE  MORE  EQUAL AND GOOD THAN OTHERS; THEY WILL DEFINITELY GO TO HEAVEN.

II     THOU SHALL WORSHIP NO OTHER GOD OTHER THAN DINGAN; OTHER GODS LIKE JERRY, MAUS, MICKEY, GERMINO AND DENVOR ARE MERELY PROPHETS.

III     WEDNESDAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS A SACRED DAY; ALL SCHOOLS SHOULD GIVE A LONG LUNCH BREAK ON WEDESDAY SO THAT CHILDREN CAN GO AND WATCH THE HOLY SERIES TOM AND JERRY.

IV     THE MALE RAT AND THE FEMALE RAT ARE YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER. THOSE WHO DISRESPECT FATHER AND MOTHER SHALL GO TO PURGATORY; THOSE WHO KILL FATHER AND MOTHER SHALL GO TO HELL. THE MALE SQUERRIEL AND THE FEMALE SQUERRIEL ARE YOUR STEP-FATHER AND STEP-MOTHER. SQERRIEL SLAUGHTER GETS YOU TO HELL TOO.

V     THOU SHALL NOT KILL; THAT ALSO INCLUDES ORGANISMS THAT DO NOT BELIEVE IN DINGOISM.

VI     THOU SHALL NOT STEAL CHEESE; THEY ARE MENT FOR THE HOLY RATS.

VII     THE CAT IS AN UNCLEAN ANIMAL; DO NOT GO NEAR. SHOOT IT FROM A DISTANCE.

VIII     RATATOUILLE IS THE ONLY HOLY FILM; WATCH IT TWICE A DAY AFTER MEDITATION. DINGAN COMICS ARE HOLY TEXTS.

IX     GOD HAS CREATED US NAKED. RATS DON’T WEAR CLOTHES; HUMANS EXPLOIT NATURE TO CREATE CLOTHES. WEARING CLOTHES IS AVIODABLE. GO NUDE WITH PRIDE.

X     HOMOSEXUALS ARE NATURAL; HETROSEXUALS ARE ALSO NATURAL. MARRIAGE IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. RATS DON’T MARRY, BUT THEY HAVE WONDERFUL CHILDREN. ENJOY LIFE. ENJOY SEXUALITY AND SPIRITUALITY WITH THE SAME SOUL.

[ DINGOISM IS A RELIGION ORIGINATED IN KERALA. ITS FOLLOWERS ARE FREE TO CREATE THEIR OWN COMMANDMENTS]

DENVOR FERNANDEZ

Author of Faustina’s Fantastic Friends