the world, but St. Anthony finds the car keys
people, and greetings from a hotel room in Faenza. My portable is
playing "I'm so glad I'm living in the USA." a pirated Chuck
Berry CD sold to me by a Senagalese African street vendor inside a
fashionable cafe of Rimini.
THE ISLAMIC RED LIGHT... the difference between Submission and Faith
ISLAMIC LAW 435
SMITH: "do not make friends with nazarenes."
JONES: "no not ally yourself with Nazarenes"
PICKBONES: "Do not make friends or ally yourself with
nazarenes or you become like one of them."
These are holy injunctions. LAWS
But Question: We're not laws by their very nature MEANT to be broken?
Of course they were, otherwise we'd all have to spend the rest of our
lives in front of our first broken traffic light!
For obvious reasons there are GOOD, positive, untamable human impulses.
Law breaking impulses. GOOD law breaking impulses, as dictated by common
sense, expediency, and HUMANITY.
The trouble with many religions is that they are ordering people to
stand still at broken traffic lights and they call those good, positive,
untamable impulses to move on: "evil temptation."
It is said that every single snowflake is unique... if that's true,
imagine the diversity of human situations, with all their personalities,
socialities, racialities, anthropologicallities...
In truth, we are so diverse and complex, that every situation would
require its own religion!
(probably cheaper and more efficient for all of us to became holy men!)
Religions should not only be able to recognize their broken traffic
lights, but even presume that a time might come when it is the case to
pull them down and build some stylish and dangerous (French Style)
roundabouts with artwork and horticulture in the middle.
Take eroticism for example. Without imagining the world like a Las Vegas
floor show or a Gay Parade, can we not enjoy and celebrate beauty and a
few wayward impulses? Apparently not according to Islam.
But it's bizarre: if we draw a morality line with Burquas on one end and
Pedophilia on the other... we find a culture with both, but without
Pirelli pin-up calendars somewhere in the middle. Without Sambas and
shaking tailfeathers on beer-sponsored carnival floats. Without the
danger of soprasura.
With the pleasure of courtship whipped... love affairs stoned.
Traffic lights! Traffic lights! Step on the gas and wipe that tear away!
Probably the real cause of trouble is the need for ABSOLUTE. A red light
has to be a red light or else all good will become evil, all health will
decay, all law will become arbitrary. Any Hindu would have 10000000000
good arguments against such a paranoia. A Buddhist would dance around
it, Methodists would eat their cookies and call councils...
But the solution is simple: saints, demigods, little holy people who are
responsible for miracles of invocation.
Try. Just give it a try. The next time you lose something and can't find
it... your car keys... pray to St. Anthony.
Sant'Antonio, Sant'Antonio di Padova, aiutami!
Saint Anthony, St. Anthony of Padua, help me!
You will find those keys (if they are to be found). Don't ask me how,
but "something" will happen to make you look with better
You had despaired and instead... ECCO the car keys in your hand!
Why not associate others with Allah? Why can't a Sant'Antonio work
alongside Allah... as a helper? Can God make a rock too big for him to
lift? Could He not have created a world too complex for Him to manage
(Only Pushkin knows!)