Thursday, 6 January 2011

The Tiger Story

This is a story which has to be told the right way.

Imagine yourself in a place where they have a Siberian Tiger preserve (mostly just a enclosed grounds where the tiggers can breed like crazy....they all like hot lusty Tiger moments).

Imagine then that you get the word out and some tourists start to ask if they can come out and maybe ride a bus through the preserve.  You see lots of opportunity here.  So you hire up Jim and Larry....get a couple of mall tour buses and start to charge money.  Then you realize that Jim and Larry aren't smart about the potential to be hunted down by the Tigers....so you make some rules.  Chiefly, you always stay in the bus.  You never stop and get out.

So days, weeks, months and years go by.  You do a brisk business and tourists always like to ride the bus around and watch Siberian Tigers doing the lusty thing out on the preserve.

One day, there's some snow, and Jim gets his bus stuck.  Jim messes around and finally thinks if he just takes a shovel and scoops out some snow...he'll get some traction and he can get on with the tour.  Although it probably says in clear language above the door something about "stay in the bus".....Jim isn't thinking too clearly.  Once outside, Jim now becomes a target by some Siberian Tiger who isn't really into any lusty business and would like a fresh meal.  Jim is hunted, taken down in front of the tourists, and then dragged off away from the bus.

Well....such an event occurred, off in China.  And the bus driver?  Jin (not Jim).

Somehow, in the outcome of life, there are simple rules which keep you from being six feet under.  I would admit that the rules are a issue at time and you'd rather just find a way around them, but if they represent some safety factor and are meant to keep you living.....you might ought to remember this "Jim" moment and how things can unravel if you aren't careful.

We Have Come to This

I am rather shocked.  A professor (sadly from Auburn)....has taken liberties with "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and rewritten portions that had words that offended folks.  The n-word has been removed and "slave" now stands in its place.  Indian now is used instead of Twain's "Injun".

To take a classic of any type....and start to fiddle with it....is something that I consider of a serious nature.  I realize folks have been rewriting the Bible and there are over 100 versions of it presently today, but we weren't ever talking about fiction.

So I'm expecting in the days, weeks, months and years ahead....most all great writings will be rewritten.  Sadly, we will eventually come to Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath:

"Houses were shut tight, and cloth wedged around doors and windows, but the dust came in so thinly that it could not be seen in the air, and it settled like pollen on the chairs and tables, on the dishes."

I'm guessing some guy will want the piece rewritten to say:

"The house was airtight.  But still came the dust...ever so thin.  It lay upon the furniture like a bee's pollen.  You couldn't even eat because it was upon the dishes."

It's just not the same thing.  What Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Twain wrote....were meant to be, and to have someone decide upon a couple of word changes....to make people happy, just doesn't make any sense.  Part of the greatness of books is that they tell of an era and how people acted or talked.  It gives you insight to the changes that have occurred and what society is today.