Monday, March 27, 2006

the donkey path

'So what?' says the charming flirt to accusing eyes.

'So what?' says the love-struck fool to his bad name.

As we become sure-footed on the rocky path of love

So what if some other donkey is feeble and lame?

#1598: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi

What a little treasure is here in this quatrain! The hero on life's path depicted as a donkey laden with his weaknesses and disabilities, yet not forlorn. He seems to tread lightly and with sure foot all the same. Who cares what other people think?

donkey and camel

Mohammad on a camel, Jesus on a donkey @

The latest news on Abdul Rahman is that he is being released partly based on evidence that he is mentally disturbed. If ever a lone donkey was walking steadfastly on, it is this man. In an AP report on this news, Rahman is quoted as follows:

"I am serene. I have full awareness of what I have chosen. If I must die, I will die," Abdul Rahman told the Rome daily, responding to questions sent to him via a human rights worker who visited him in prison.

"Somebody, a long time ago, did it for all of us," he added in a clear reference to Jesus.

He knows quite well that he is a Second Christ. This, alone, is enough for a diagnosis of madness. However, he is also serene and this is the clue that he is not, in fact, mad. He has a fresh but profound understanding of Christianity, not weighed down by centuries of tradition but nevertheless matured over the 16 years since his initial conversion. He is paying and has paid a high price for his faith in Christ. A lot of us in the West take this Christian heritage for granted for we have not needed to earn it or pay for it. I hope and pray that Rahman will escape death because his will be a powerful voice. He might even have a thing or two to teach the rest of us here in the West, not just to his fellows in Islam. We could all do with a touch of his courage in this simple stand for the moral truths that should underly any civilization worthy of the name. He is brave and very Christ-like to offer his life to the cause in this way but all the same, I would prefer that humanity wake up and not insist on a blood sacrifice here.


At Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, Blogger Bob Hoeppner said...

The great thing about donkeys is that they don't kill each other over ideas.

At Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, Blogger Arizona said...

lol, bob, so true ...


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