Any way to see what started this process and why?
$ ps -e PID TTY TIME CMD ... 41 ?? 0:00.55 /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/Resources/Python.
Another technique would be to use
A final technique to consider would be
With a PID of only 41, this is probably a daemon started during boot by launchd. If so, you can find the name of the launchd item that started it with