Savior Syndrome of Africa Badou, Africa West Africa Friday, May 4, 2007
You did not come to save me. No, I am just a tourist, I am just a friend, and we are equals.
LONG Awaited Messiah Syndrome
Palm Sunday (2) - On Palm Sunday, Jesus and his disciples entered the city of Jerusalem, where people were gathering for the Jewish festival of Passover. As word of Jesus’ arrival spread through the city, it aroused great excitement because many believed he might be the long-awaited messiah. People welcomed him by spreading palm branches as a carpet before him. Palm Sunday commemorates the event. -
My African epiphany is, the people of Africa think I came here to save them. The epiphany for Africans is when they realize I did not come to save them.
Epiphany Defined: sudden realization: a sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially through an ordinary but striking occurrence It came to him in an epiphany what his life's work was to be.
2. appearance of god: the supposed manifestation of a divine being
act of saving from harm: the saving of somebody or something from harm, destruction, difficulty, or failure The business was clearly beyond salvation.
2. means of saving somebody or something: somebody or something that protects or delivers another from harm, destruction, difficulty, or failure Those long walks were my salvation.
3. christianity deliverance from sin through Jesus Christ: in the Christian religion, deliverance from sin or the consequences of sin through Jesus Christ's death on the cross
Rescuer Defined: rescuer: somebody who rescues somebody or something from harm or danger Salvation from (2) Encarta Encyclopedia - Salvation, the idea of being saved, as described in various religions. In Christianity, individuals are thought of as being saved from eternal punishment through Christ's death on the cross. In Buddhism, especially in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, people can be saved from the endless cycle of reincarnation through bodhisattvas or through Amida Buddha. In Hinduism, especially in the bhakti tradition, devotion to a god can bring salvation from reincarnation and is open to those who have realized their true nature as brahman (spirit). -
I do not need saved and think the idea of saving a person seems, well, I am not sure of the word, it sounds sort of racist, like I have the power or superiority they do not. I have been lucky and have a more worldly education, but brains are brains for the most part.
I sort fell though the racism is a reverse here, they do think or believe a White Man can save them, and I am sure, some White Men, mainly women, think they can be the Messiah and bring Africa out of, this is too stupid. I keep realizing. I think Africa may be the Garden of Eden…
I do a walk like a duck reasoning a lot, you know, if it walks like a duck, quack likes a duck, talks like a duck, it is a duck.
In the Garden of Eden, God would allow me to:
Not work Pick Fruits and eat Free from want Talk with the Serpent Wonder around naked from shame I guess he allowed the first sin, so sin is included.
So the women, she tempted me, I ate, and he through us out, I am still very close.
Togo people and Benin for sure, to use the Duck reasoning. - Do not work very much. - Pick Fruits and do not weed them, food is abundant. - Free from want - I only hear they want a cell phone and free money in the form of a gift. - Wonder around naked free from shame, clothes are a fashion here, more than a need, - Sin, not a lot here, but coveting is a problem, or something to do with love and the S word.
This place walk like the Duck of Eden and to me is Eden.
The proof here of Eden in Togo is the number of ugly street people, there is very few ugly street people, the number of out-cast is small, and this is not a society that takes care of the weak, the opposite. If this were bad, these people would be running around like in Lima, Peru or Belize City in swarms, not so, hard to find. Every easy to find a person that will jump up and take free money given to them for no work, but do the same in the USA, offer to give free money, and the same is true.
I think the whole world is waiting for happiness to arrive, continual happy moments. Freedom from Want, now when I hear this noise, I know there is some child talking to me about fantasy and never never land. Want is the problem, want begets wants, and give a little, the want more. Look at the USA never stops, wants to consume, never ending consuming.
Africa is free from many wants, we are teaching them though, soon they will know, and want what we have, natural.
I would love to change the world if I could, if I only knew how. I think the world is made perfect, and imperfection is part of the world. It is fun in Africa to just enjoy the free time of life, I seem to have 10 times more time to enjoy my life, as I spend 10 times less in the consuming and buying, need, wants, hopes.
I never knew I was poor until someone told me.
Someone told them they needed saved, and someone was coming, what a dysfunctional reasoning process. Talk to any 12 step program and the first thing they say, we do not save you, you save yourself.
This is what happens when you allow a committee like the United Nations design a Duck, the take Eden and try to change it to Hell. I am here, and keep looking around, maybe I am in a bad place, I keep waiting for the hammer to drop, to have it unload, for the place to hurt me. I just have to stop looking, I am in the Garden of Eden, and that girl Eve is everywhere, and she has sisters.