I thought I would change things up a bit for today and provide you with an excerpt of text. This one is from Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, which also means that this post won’t show up on several internet servers due to banning (not that anyone from the middle east reads my blog anyway). For those of you seeing this, enjoy:
“Question: What is the opposite of faith?”
“Not disbelief. Too final, certain, closed. Itself a kind of belief.”
“The human condition, but what of the angelic. Halfway between Allahgod and homsap, did they ever doubt?”
“…O God, he cries out, O allgood allahgod.”
Rushdie likes to use puns throughout his writing, created words, in this instance “allahgod” and “homosap” but these are just two of many examples, and they don’t come without intended meaning. Suggestive of the word allahgod, through the combination of the Muslim Allah and the traditional Christian God is the creation of another dimension, a third space. A place where, perhaps, god and allah are one and the same, or they represent a new type of god (perhaps any other god worshipped). He also combines the words “all” and “good” adding emphasis to the fact that “allahgod” is “allgood,” and all encompassing. Then what are we? “homosap.” This shortened version of our species describes us as “homo,” supposedly knowing; however, with the ending shortened to “sap” indicates a sort of foolishness. So perhaps Rushdie is suggesting that we, humans, lack an open perspective/judgment concerning god and his universal nature, his allgood, allpowerful, allknowing, presence.
Just something to chew on.