In my world, Mulla Nasreddin, the famous wise fool from the East, could not possibly be stuck in one place or one time. I call my inversion of him ‘Allum.’ Warning: He always has the last word. If you have a problem with this then just add another word, for your pleasure.
I hope to occasionally post more of Allum, should his voice come through the white noise surrounding our planet.
(The image of Nasreddin is from a 17th century miniature – in Tokapi Palace Museum)
Allum is seated on his favourite bench from where he overlooks the town.
A kid, making sure that none of his peers is nearby, sneaks up to Allum.
‘You’re known as a wisecrack. Tell me – why are grown-ups so obsessed with World News?’
Allum shudders. ‘World News has become a mega-mirror to humanity. People are mesmerised by the comical clashes of ideas. Factions are stretched on the cross between being and becoming, that is, final answers and dynamic change. It’s a conflict most humanely and economically fought inside each of us.’
The boy looks puzzled. ‘Aren’t there final answers?’
Allum sighs. ‘I hope not in my lifetime. If that was so the illusionary charm of reality would evaporate. Life would have no meaning. There’d have to be another big bang.
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For those stressed over solutions to the divide between being and becoming, here an academic exploration from Stanford academia. To shorten the tortuous exploration: … We are not inertial observers …
I figure we have plenty of potential to develop in ourselves, and there is always more we can contribute to the world.
My Sufi teacher, Fazal Inayat Khan, summed up being and becoming eloquently:
‘Being is death. Becoming is life.’
Here some of my former posts that are related …