Thursday, 2 June 2011

Baron Samedi as the agent of God

Baron Samedi is the voodoo lord of death in top hat and coat-tails who guards the cemetery gates. He is often portrayed as an evil being or as a trickster. But I think a more realistic perspective is to see Baron Samedi as Meister Eckhart saw the hand of God: "Only the hand that erases can write the true thing".

True evil is not the hand that can erase but only pervert and deform the human spirit out of disdain. The human spirit can only be erased by God - its author; despots and tyrants cannot erase, cannot write the true thing which is the human spirit.

Hamza al-Khateeb is a true symbol of the human spirit as are the souls who've died for the noble cause of the human spirit. These selfless souls are the true martyrs, not the suicide bombers who've only been fooled and hood-winked by tyranny and worm-tongues of extreme right ideologies by cynical appeals to selfishness and libido, no less.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem called, Retribution:

"though the mills of God grind slowly,
yet they grind exceeding small;
though with patience He stands waiting,
with exactness grinds He all"

Baron Samedi waits patiently for the tyrants and sinners to rub them out and write the true thing in their place.


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