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All this fuss about body parts miraculously popping up in garbage dumps, with nobody owning up responsibility, convinced me that each part of our body has a mind of its own and operates independently of the others. Biological harmony happens only because the parts, during their infancy stage, are conditioned to believe they can’t live without each other.

Later in their cute, anatomic existence, they realize some parts enjoy life’s luxuries while others suffer despite just distribution of tasks. “You do nothing but sit on the job while I walk all of us to great distances,” Feet says to Butt.

Meaning, the concept of peace and harmony is a youthful illusion. With old age comes passive rebellion, usually with Tooth as first to stage a decaying sit down strike. It’s Heart to some, Lung to many, Liver to the drunkard. But Tooth it is for most. It was in the same show of rebellion that Liver, Brains, Left Leg, Intestines, Skin (“with Flesh attached”), “Knee Bone,” and “Other Organs” decided last week that life was better lived in the company of garbage in Inayawan, Cebu City. The next day, Hand showed up in a glass jar.

If you think I’m making this up, here’s this paper’s report: “Police found a human left leg, intestines, brains, lungs and other organs (at the Inayawan landfill). There were more parts underneath the pile of garbage such as a knee bone…” Why blame the Cebu City Medical Center, the Department of Public Services and our garbage collectors? The body parts crawled their way up there!

I’m not alone in this conviction. Millions of others believe societies, governments, the Universe, all systems for that

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matter, break down when one part of the body, Brains for example, discovers its inherent independence and starts living the anti-Gestalt dictum, “The whole is something else than the individual parts.”

Let’s take Hand, for example. Remember your Marvel Comics? Yes, comics, but it’s an artist’s device in expressing a reality too horrible for ordinary citizens like us to accept. Anyway, in the Marvel Comics universe, there exists a villainous organization called the Hand.

The Hand is an order of evil mystical ninja who are heavily involved in organized crime and mercenary activities such as assassination plots. The Hand covets power above all other objectives. They are primarily based in Japan, but operate internationally.

In founding the Hand in 1588, Kagenobu Yoshioka said, “The hand has five fingers, each of which can exist independently of others. Not unlike the five islands that form Japan. However, when the five fingers of the hand come together for a single, unified purpose… the hand becomes an object of unwavering power!”

You’re not convinced yet? Then the 1981 Oliver Stone movie “The Hand” might help. In the movie, Jon Lansdale (Michael Caine) is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him.

It terrorized Japan in 1588, it creeped out Hollywood in 1981. Now the Hand is in Cebu, among the city’s garbage, deviously reposed inside a jar, charmingly pickled. And it’s flashing Dirty Finger.

sun.star opinion. september 16, 2008