by MuHammad Nadgmi
CERTAIN People like to go on about the intellect of G W Bush, arguing in effect that it is nonexistent. A few years ago the subject of these remarks was W J Clinton. Only those wisecracks then were about the then-President’s morality, arguing in effect that it too was nonexistent. Nevertheless both of these men are our Presidents. As the Ait ‘Abdi Berbers at 11,000 feet in the Atlas Mountains say:
“When we see you scratching your fleas at our feast–we know WHO owns the dog!”
Sufis contend that long before political democracy became a fact there was, and is, such a thing as psychological or moral “democracy.” In other words, when Americans shake their heads about the President they need to remember that he’s OUR President. A sad circumstance? Perhaps. The truth? No doubt about it.
As to intellect and moral sense both, Sufis also state very clearly that anyone at anytime can become precisely a person of power and discernment. The opportunity is in that sense exactly the same for all. To a great degree however the question of who makes it is a function of what sort of positive or negative emotional energies are being directed at the person by those around them….
[Emmett R Smith
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[3 August 2006]