Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tyrannosaurus Rex


Tyrannosaurus Rex

Beneath dark spathes and fantail fronds

Love was a hard striving

In those most delicate of times

When suspicions and lusts were easily aroused,

Volcanic eruptions were as common as parasites,

And patience was sought from old stories.

Under the oversized crescent moon hung sky

Hunting was hard and meat was scarce.

What scant prey there was would scamper away,

As a black marble eye scanned the horizon,

And reflected the luster of the lune lit firmament,

But love was ever yet stronger than the trial.

Below globular clusters of heavenly bodies

The horrible horny claw removed mountains,

Cast aside natural arrogance and congenital pride,

And let fall some limp carcass from its bloody maw

To share the kill with the pack,

To let them feed.

With the expenditure of that fierce strength

Came a kind of quickened instinctive knowledge

Of both annihilation and subsistence.

As the urgent reflex to gulp was killed, too,

And the young muzzles were nudged toward nourishment,

A viciously hard serenity descended upon the tyrannosaur.

They continued to hunt on strong swart legs

Pumping through marshes and across stony wastes

Until with finding, finding passed away.

-Hajj Muhammad Legenhausen

Ramadan 1422/ Adhar 1380/ December 2001


Blogger Kilulu said...

AbdulQadir Nassir sent me the article on New Atheism. Thanks for that. Here are my comments:

As long as the going is good then atheism will withstand scrutiny. When things go back to scarcity science is hard put to explain the forces that come together in expressions of compassion and mercy.

Atheists generally assume the notion of abundance as a premise for the free expression of humanity and generosity. A theist recognises that the joy of abundance is literally thrown away, like a baby with the bathwater, when riches are accumulated through theft (for example the plundering of the non-western world (eg as in Congo) of all its resources and opportunities to obtain the premise of national or cultural self-sufficiency.

Atheists are a product of isolation and inability to bump into their fellow man. The appeal of atheism, today, is owing to lack of choice and lack of information: Mind control.

In an open debate the atheist will be very hard-put to address all the dimensions of the ideal society because the notion of 'the ideal' must first be understood philosophically, using the tools of philosophy, linguistics, sociology, psychology and so forth. The author makes an important point about the impatience of the new atheist in attempting to reach a conclusion without having the moral courage to take up all the evidence.

Einstein believed in God, if only as an agnostic or in terms of his conviction of the eternity of his own soul.

Ultimately I believe that Muslims must recruit and enable scientists of both (or all) persuasions to work together to prepare an experiment, to gather the relevant parameters that need to be held in account, with an ideal IDEAL for humanity in mind as a goal and a permanent state of mind, body, soul, putting both atheists and believers to the test of having the intellectual capacity and the wherewithal to test the validity of those parameters as having the power to meet the conditions of the COMMON IDEAL.

Ideals are discovered and they either mutate (in atheists) or evolve (in believers), I suspect. They are not static. Atheists believe in spirit but not in the soul. Spirit seeks epiphany through the sensory as there can be no such belief in the notion of 'faith' or 'conviction' (yaqueen). Epiphany is experienced as a sensory experience. Soul is trusting and leaves transcendent experience to choose it. It dispenses with the sensory except as a limitation, an interface forced upon the soul in life.

It is likely that the experiment itself might have the power to better understand the true meaning of religion and/ or faith and what is so dangerous about atheism.

Thanks for this really thought-provoking news. We should welcome debate and let the atheists languish in a state of alarm. We should not be alarmed!

27 April, 2010 19:37  

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