The two shortest sentences in the so called “New Testament” are
1. Jesus wept.
2. Pray continually.
Vegetarian (vegetables) or cannibal (humans) or merely humanitarian, some people say that “You are, what you eat” – there’s even spiritual cannibalism is there not?
Others say that to some extent, we are also what we think about, that we are what occupies our mind most. I guess that if you’re thinking about “God” all the time, then in time (after some time) you become Godly, not just saturated with big and little thoughts about God. Isn’t that one of the reasons why Muslims are encouraged to pray five times a day and Jews, only three times a day, so that they can become wholly holy, God-ly men and women?
There’s even a Hindu story that if you go on thinking about a dog all the time, you could probably re-incarnate as one, maybe, your favourite race of dog. If he doesn’t burn in the hellfire, eternally, until there’s nothing left to burn, Lars Vilks will probably reincarnate as one…
There must be exceptions of course, maybe some Swedish men, every other second. And the women?
Seriously: If you’re old enough, even in this age of scientific and technological miracles, you know that conspiracy theories abound and that “wonders” never cease.
Take this one for example about the resurrection of Saddam Hussein and what in passing could be his sense or his henchmen’s sense of demonic revenge:
As I write this, playing in the background is Ambrose Akinmusire‘s latest album, The Imagined Savior is far easier to paint…
I don’t know whether or not souls have nationalities, so that we can talk about Swedish souls as a mass identity or Russian souls (Holy Russia being old Christian territory) or, much more recently, “American souls” not to talk about African souls or even “Folks without souls” but, dominating the news waves is the latest tragedy of more than 800 Africans of various nationalities, perishing in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, just outside Italy, on their way to finding a future better life in Europe.
Imagine this: The tear or tears that Jesus wept, eventually evaporated and ascended and we are to assume, subsequently rained down on earth again when the cloud burst and that long ago that tear dropped into the Kinneret or the Mediterranean Sea where it is still, presently circulating…
In one of the Pan-African discussion forums, this specie, possibly of specious distrust pops up:
“Were the boats ferrying Africans to Italy deliberately sunk by Italian Coast Guards? Let us recall that at the September 2014, United Nations General Assembly, The President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, spoke about African dying at sea and referred to the situation as GENOCIDE. In his speech, Yahya Jammeh told UN General Assembly, “The UN must conduct a full and impartial investigation into the MAN-MADE SINKING, AND CAPSIZING OF THESE BOATS CARRYING YOUNG AFRICANS TO EUROPE. IF THESE BOATS ARE ABLE TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA ONLY TO SINK ON EUROPEAN COASTS, WE MUST FIND OUT WHAT DEADLY MYSTERIOUS FORCE EXISTS ON THE EUROPEAN MEDITERRANEAN COASTS THAT CAUSES THESE YOUNG AFRICANS TO DISINTEGRATE AND SINK (USUALLY) UPON ARRIVAL (page 10, New African Magazine, November 2014).” The recent sinking and capsizing of Boats, ferrying Africans, on Italy’s Coast, bring to the fore the questions raised by President Jammeh of Gambia already in September 2014. ”
Another sombre reaction (not mine) : “While building a fortress around Europe is madness, the exodus from Africa is evidence of our failures, especially those of African leaders”….
No doubt, our own Lady Margot Wallström was there, contributing in no small measure to the EU’s ten point agenda which proposes to deal with the crisis by dismantling the infrastructure of “Human smugglers “including the military option of destroying their unseaworthy vessels.
In reality, it’s also a major reason for investing more in a Green Africa