As i go through a bulging bic mac, my inquisitive companion attempts at preserving our feeble conversation
“So, whats this song about then, the banality of evil?”
The irony of the question, ofcourse, doesnt catch upto my simple friend focusing on his beefy (in more ways than one) burger.
“Well its sort of like how even common people will be accessories to the most hideous and unspeakable crimes of humanity, even augment it through order and structure, simply by reasoning to themselves “thats how things are done or how they’re supposed to be”; the holocaust for example. Most times, they are able to cope up with transgressing what they’d otherwise consider evil, simply by not dealing directly with it, by electing a leader who they know favours ethnic cleansing and will indulge in it if elected, for instance. A king who might order people tortured and killed, as long as he doesnt have to see it happen, would i think make another good example.”
“Oh, well not very relevant then in todays civilised world, I mean no person in their right mind would support something like the holocaust now or even elect a maniac who favours ethinic cleansing, we dont have many kings neither, do we? Funny thing they should name a song that, can’t imagine many would relate to it.”
“Perhaps not, but it still happens in many ways, its inherent in our nature. Anyway…so how you…um….enjoying your um…BEEF BUR-GER?” I said stressing on the ‘beef’, conjuring images of large packed abattoirs, cows being culled, skinned, mainly by machines, places of death filled with fear and shit, processed, grilled, nicely packed into wrappers, branded and sold to me and my friend here; and that cute little kid with the most endearing smile (kiddie meal, ofcourse), and his mommy.
“Um, well, i probably should eat less of this garbage, its a bloody challenge getting off my ass” said my friend oblivious .
As I laughed in concurrence, it hit me why you just gotta love humanity, and how it works, with all its flaws and greatness. It also hit me that the girl in the black jeans who just walked by had a butt like how it should be.