by ‘abd al-Ghush
UNFORTUNATELY, If the so-called “perceptive” are careless in announcing to all within earshot the dire limits of reductive and now-exhausted, “western,” physicality, the very persons one is trying inform will fly into a rage at the nuisance, as the following story reveals:
I Was once upon a time traveling in the wust ad-djbal, the Middle Atlas, in Morocco thirty years ago with the dervish called Hamid Nezhm. It was some months before I, myself, became muslim. As I recall it was in the village of Midelt where we came upon a dog, barking and lunging at a tethered braying donkey. As I like donkeys, I stooped for a small stone to shy at the dog when an-Nezhm detained me with a hand on my sleeve. Through certain sciences known only to himself and a few adepts Hamid could understand the speech of animals. The quarrel was about food, and the dog was tired of the donkey going on about hay and barley and vegetables:
“WHAT Of the goodness of kibda and mutton?” snarled the dog. “You BORE me…!”
AT This point Hamid Nezhm interfered to point out to the quarreling animals that there is something beyond the matter of type of food eaten:
“ALL Is nourishment,” said an-Nezhm with a suave gesture. “The real question is the PURPOSE. Supposing you are both well-fed — and, you appear to be, oh creatures! — then what are you to DO with this gift of nutriment and life?”
AT This point, the quarreling animals, in a rage at interference with their delightful two-sided game, formed a league and rushed Nezhm Hamid. The dog bit the dervish in the shin, the donkey planted a hoof in his forehead — and so I spent the night in l’Hotel du Puce, rubbing embrocation on ‘abd al-Haq’s (“Servant of the Truth’s”) head. And, drubbing the imperfectly-working French telephone to find a doctor to supply ‘abd al-’Abru’s (“Servant of the Beyond’s”) rabies-shots!
HOPEFULLY, One-in-ten of the rational fundamentalists and fundamentalist rationalists to read this will make sense of it — as that ratio really would be all that it takes!
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 24 March 2007]