[To an earlier post, a commentor replied that he wondered if the Sufi business wasn’t itself just more attention-seeking behaviour. By implication this is to place Sufi studies and, indeed, much of the popular fads in spirituality, about on all-fours with Lindsay Lohan, President Obama, and General McChrystal and everyone; rather quickly, Mohammed Nejmi placed the following reply — BW]
Practical, good morning, I am wide awake in Casa and ready to take the grand taxi to Tangier to meet some English people there who want to see the mosques in Fas. But I have a few minutes and I see that you treat attention-getting as something lowdown, or immature even. Not so, it is just an indicator, or a symptom. Of course the bombs by al-Qaida are disgusting, but there is an explanation.
Forty years ago, Idries Shah (pbuh) said that attention-seeking can be indeed childish, and that it is also a “low” function like the heartbeat. Automatic. But — without it we die!
He added that if you simply give nutters, people all worked up about something, enough time and just listen that they very often settle down and become quite interesting, calm too.
These are physical facts.
They also apply to information which exists in the universe as nodes with accumulating specific energy; beyond a point the energy overcomes the human brain when the new information especially is blocked. This is the root, now, of islamic “terrorism”. It is not islamic, it is that onesidedness in the official world setup, creating a huge vacuum that virtually demands the muslim input.
People in the non-muslim west — remember, islamic monotheism is western, we are the easternmost of western men! — only notice the huge emptiness and the aching sadness and real horror at three in the morning, when they can’t sleep.
But inside of islam are antidotes, cures and renewal for your very science, along with everything else which is now in a coma of too much literalism. I mentioned earlier the need for the timely release of necessary information. In this case into a culture. When this is past due, it becomes a volcano — ask Icelanders!
I am not saying the terrorists themselves should not be brought to justice — when you give in and let yourself be possessed, even if it is by the future, that future itself is threatened all over again when you act like a moral idiot and say “yes” to the infantile over-identity with the good, the true and the beautiful. Sufism is realism, not idealism, and it has no time for the murders of perfectionists.
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[24 June 2010]