by Nejmi Muhammed
YOU May have your heart set on doing something physically dangerous to you — hang-gliding or bungee-jumping — or maybe to others — driving home drunk from the party. Still worse it may all be simply irrelevant to the future and beyond. Although I can see the dangers in things I may or may not warn you only based on whether your condition allows you at least intermittently to hear. As is well-known in the old Eagle Lake, Minnesota, phrase: “You can’t TELL anybody a God damned thing!” (My friend si’ Smit’, er, Smeeth used this line on me almost thirty years ago in Fes — several times too! — while running down the other young Peace Corps volunteers instead of paying attention to his own problems.)
Now since of course I persist in this human embodiment and its periodic need to “blow off steam” — this is a physical matter of metabolism and neurochemistry — I of course may utter admonitions & warnings & editor-letters and so forth from time-to-time. In the main this is just a matter of hygiene. You should note too that constant rants are the sign of a crank and not a Sufi. In any case if you are bound and determined to go flying around in helicopters in ‘Iraq, wielding the digitalized hightech weapons of the warfare of a superseded historical period, well, I physically cannot stop you.
Sufi authority is not the crude matter most of us mean by “power.” For the rest you must follow your heart because love of country is a very real human emotion. In any case for example St Paul had to go to the limits of his error on his road as Saul to Damascus to persecute the early Christians, before he could receive even an inkling of — the truth.
In terms which you may be able to understand, though, I will pray for you on your journey because God indeed IS love:
May a quiet heart be your shadow always.
[Emmett R Smith
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[14 August 2006]