The climate of fear

By Wole Soyinka

Is such book that leaves one with tears, even those hard hearted fellows. I have read the first essay only to discover the French detonated an A bomb in Algeria in 1960!

And of UTA flight 772 bombing that was treated as a footnote compared to the Lockerbie bombing a year earlier.

If you add to this, the almost nuclear war during the Angolan self liberation struggle. There is really nothing to say. And that is a scary place. It is fear untold.

One should read this book. It’s a collection of five essays by the renown author on fear, human dignity- search for it- and all.

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I couldn’t come up with an appropriate title for this post since as you’ll realize it deals with several things. They are basically as random as they always have been when they come from me.

Friends, I have been meaning to continue with the journey through Exodus but have been quite busy the past few days. What with spending several hours at my barber for a shave, manicure/ pedicure, yes, don’t roll your eyes looking at me; site visits out-of-town; meeting deadlines at work [why do deadlines sometimes all arrive at the same time?]; visiting my brother;  and reading some very interesting novels but I promise we will get on it very soon.

Our friends in NYC have been hit by a bad storm, I hear some of the Christian Right see it as an act of a god, their god, to what end I don’t know unless they mean their god is so destructive and lacks any sense of mercy, justice and decency! This a god who behaves like our city council askaris[guards] and their bulldozers who show up at night to flatten kiosks without any mercy or consideration to the people who depend on them[kiosks] for their livelihood.

I finished reading God’s problem: How the bible fails to answer our most important questionwhy we sufferby Bart Ehrman where he discusses the issue of suffering and with the storm in NYC

Hurricane sandy in NYC

, I think we can have some perspective. What would god be doing causing so much destruction to property and leading to loss of lives? Does such a god deserve to be worshiped or rebelled against? Your take!

And while we wait, let us just sit back and listen to a priest who shares my view on hell and why the religious [the church in particular] insists that it exists.

History of Gods

If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve their own interests. If the ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, the knowledge of nature is calculated to destroy them.

Baron D’Holbach, cited in Jonathan Miller. (2004). A Brief History of Disbelief [TV-Series].