Gods, Giants and Carbon Emissions

14.07.2011 Once upon a time, in the Ancient Land of the Vikings, there lived two great Gods, Thor and Loki, who loved and hated each other so very (very) much; and (in the land of the Vikings) they were known as: the “Blood Brothers.” Thor wasn’t a particularly striking fellow, but he had a mighty strong physique with red-hair and redbeard. But he has a tendency to act first then think later; a flaw, which has often landed him in hot (hot) water. He was known as the God of Thunder, and with his mighty hammer, Miolnir the Mullicrusher, he caused havoc across the skies of Midgard in his chariot (drawn by two giant goats) with loud thunder claps and lightning bolts whenever he was “battling the giants and hunting the trolls.” Loki, on the other hand, wasn’t as scary as Thor. He was sweet and enduring and was known for his great (great) charm, wits and his good looks. But to Nordic people, they called him, the Great Pretender: the mischief-maker, the shit-stirrer; a flaw, which often lands him in hot (hot) waters too, but he (somehow) manages to find his way out of it. Even though they are not related by birth; the two were inseparable and together, Loki and Thor, would travel across the Land (of the Vikings) to find themselves in all kinds of interesting “situations.” Tales of their adventures would spread across the Land and were even told to many (many) children over countless generations as “folklores” - they are even a comic series and films about them :) One of their ever-popular fables about these rowing Blood Brothers spoke of a time when Loki and Thor were arguing about whether or not, strength is more beneficial than strategic thinking. Neither could agree on either one, and so to settle the dispute once and for all, they travelled the long and cumbersome journey to the Land of the Giants - with an unaccompanied farmer’s boy after he took a second serving of Thor’s delicious “god-made” goat roast when they stayed a night at his father’s farm to seek their counsel. In a bid to shut the both up, the Chief Giant summoned each of them to a super challenge: that’s right, like a God vs Giant one. There were three rounds: Loki had to cook faster than a “Mega-Chef,” the farmer’s boy had to run faster than “the Biggest Giant,” and Thor (who really wanted to do the marathon but thought it was only fair to let the kid ‘have a go’) was set with a drinking contest (but of the non-alcoholic beverages kind, of course) as well as a couple of endurance tests. Unfortunately, much to their dismay, not one of them won against Team Giants in each of the three challenges because, lo’ and behold, as it turned out they weren’t really Giants after all but figments of their “imaginations.” Unbeknownst to Team Gods, the Chief Giant was also known among his peers as the “Giant Who Tricks Gods When Force To Sort Out Their Problems” and decided to serve this name fittingly by placing before them “imaginary” Giants, made of elements of Fire, Air and Water respectively - but not Earth because it has a tendency to go “awire” when in the presence of the other elements – that not even Gods themselves (and obviously, an unaccompanied farm boy) could beat these natural phenomena willingly.

Feeling somewhat hopeless and deflated, the three of them packed up their trailer to set off on the long and treacherous journey back home (where the other Vikings anticipate earnestly for the right answer). But just before they leave the Land of the Giant, the Chief Giant felt bad about what he had done, so he goes after them to confess about his tricks. Upon hearing the Giant’s confession, Thor faced turn bright red, and he lifted his hammer to strike the Chief Giant, but the Chief made his escape by vanishing into thin air before his very eyes (a real David Copperfield, but only bigger). Thor, still enrage, ran back to the City (the CBD of LoG) with the intent to do some serious damage, but where the city had stood was nothing but a flushing broad meadows. In the end, neither of them knew if strategic thinking nor strength is more beneficial than the other, and continued to argue about it to this very day. But to the Giants (who had both), they believed that neither of them serve a better purpose without the other ;)

Sally D’Souza is a social commentator on issues relating to politics, arts and culture. For the record: She was the culturally and linguistic diverse (CALD) representative on the ACT Ministerial Council for Women and ACT Domestic Violence Preventative Council. Former President of the Multicultural Women’s Advocacy and the ACT representative of the National Immigrant and Refugee Women Association. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Canberra University, a Graduate Diploma of Community Cultural Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and (Comparative) Religious Studies. She is also known (mainly among her fabulous friends) as the “Twitter Girl” for her witty remarks about current political, cultural and social issues.

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