Once a tiger sneaked into a town during the day. The town was quiet with not a soul around. The doors of all the houses were closed and so were the shops and the market. There were no children playing outside. The tiger felt quite elated at the scenario thinking how much people were scared of him, that upon his arrival, the whole town has shut down.
While he was observing the sombre ambience very keenly, he came across a wandering cow. He asked, ‘Hey you what’s going on here. Kya chal raha hai? Where is everyone, and why is this city under a lockdown?’
The cow replied, ‘There is a new beast in town so everyone has gone into a hiding.’
‘Hiding … beast!! O yes—yes. I’m the deadliest of all the beasts, so they have all gone into a hiding because of me.’ Cheered the tiger.
‘No I’m sorry tiger bhai. Your days are over. Now no one is scared of you, because there is a new beast in town.’
‘My days are over … New beast in town? But where is this new beast? What is his name and where has he come from?’ Asked the tiger.
‘Well he has come all the way from China. His name is Corona and he comes from a killer family called Virus.’ Replied the cow.
‘And what does he look like?’ Asked the tiger.
‘Well … He is as big as the tip of your whisker or may be even smaller. You actually can’t see him with naked eyes. There are some posters of his that human beings have erected in the town so that one can at least imagine how he looks like. He resembles a tiny ball with thorns on it. If I understand correctly he has already killed about half a million people across the world. And tiger ji, you now, pale in front of him.’ Replied the cow.
‘But yaar, who produced this little deadly beast?’ Asked the tiger.
‘The other day Tommy my neighbourhood dog was telling me, that he had heard from someone, that this micro beast called Corona-Virus, was actually, produced by the Chinese in their own lab without the permission of God, and it has gone on to kill so many human beings already.’
‘But yaar cow, can something, as tragic as this, happen without the aegis of God.’ Asked the tiger.
‘Well if you believe in God the answer is no, as nothing can happen without God’s permission. And if you don’t believe in God the answer is yes, as things can happen without the permission of God. So where do you stand in all of this?’ Asked the cow.
‘Well … well.’ The tiger took his own time thinking and then he said.
‘I would like to be an atheist and not believe in God just as the dragon.’
By becoming an atheist and not believing in God almighty, the tiger had actually absolved God from the responsibility of the pandemic of Corona, for he couldn’t have imagined God perpetrating such a calamity on mankind.
Where do you stand on this pandemic? Do you think God is responsible for the pandemic, or you too, are an atheist like the tiger. I am holding God responsible for this pandemic.
Written by Kamlesh Tripathi
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