About a month ago I was aboard a commercial airline enroute to Johanesburg and seated next to me was a gentleman who was dressed in enough traditonal african garb that he could have been a colorful billboard for South African tourism.
I could barely understand his words due to the thickness of his accent, but due to the headlines of the Los Angeles Times that I was attempting to read, he inquired (tongue in check)how I felt about the election of a gentleman of color to the highest office of the land . We both sat in silence for all of twenty seconds,our eyes focused straight ahead before turning our heads toward each other to reveal two very broad grins across our mouths, and shouted"We Win!"
Thats' when Mr. Marcus Uhuru injected the quote attributed to one of his ancient ancestors: He said one should never pour a wine, or peel a banana before its' time is right. Yet we both agreed that with all the celebrating "Things Were Not As They Seemed!". Then he began by telling me about an experience he'd had as a intern at the South African Embassy as a translator, before finally earning his Ph.D in psychology. He said :I assisted with a interview of twelve women who were having their Visas' pulled. They all wore long flowing white dresses that were cloaked by an equally long black robe that covered the tops of their heads, but not their faces. As the eleven other women sat serenely waiting as the oldest female spoke fo them.
She said emphatically,with emphasis on the pronoun: Everyday we worship a virgin and it is our job and lifer's purpose to bring all God's children to him;and our usefullness to God is to convert those headed to purgatory to Anglican beliefs. I listen without speaking; thinking only to myself ...I was already availing my mind to the practice of putting up a partion between the left 'feeling' side of my brain and the right 'thinking' side to better section off the old information from the new, and preventing one from contaminating the other.) He reminded himself that Shakepere had once said "Nothing is wrong or right of itself,But THINKING makes it so" nevertheless the fact that she trumpeted the virtues of "Virginity" suggested that she somehow found something sinister about the act of sex. Likewise her statements about World "bringing " the less ffortunate members of a Third country "to Jesus" struck him as odd as well. Here was all the demonstrated motivation necesassary to explain why under the guise of being on a " mission for God " these tweleve women had actually attempted [like Hitler} to destroy a portion of thart countries population by using, over a time span of two years, needles contaiminated with the same viruses they were there to test and provide treatment for. Yet, rather than hurl accusations at them, he just sat there listening and trying desperately to understand how some one could leave their own country and travel to an entirely different continent under the guise of performing a charity and infect people with Aids. Leaving hundreds of orphans to wander the streets and country side in a place that was increasingly being filled with more and more toxins and viruses. Marcus Uhuru intution began to even surprise him as the jig saw puzzle of the motivation behind the beliefs held by some human beings towards others could allow them to justify the most cruel and unsual acts known to mankind. It didn't matter if they were Mormoms, Scientologist, or a group of Catholic nuns. Exposure to a constant assault on ones' values or beliefs and could push anyone to seek shelter. comfort, and santuary by embracing unconditionally the predigested beliefs and ideas of the first sheltering arms that offer them protection from a world they did not approve of any longer. So rahther than disgust or hatred, these were his final views and attitudes of the sisters who had wore white from head to toe and been involved with the darkest of dark deeds."Things Are Not Always As They Appear["