A response to LoyarBurokker Aston Paiva’s “Twilight of the Gods.”
I was listening to The Cranberries – Zombie when I saw Aston Paiva’s atheistic piece on Wednesday morning. As I read through his twilight, I felt a rush of blood to my head; I bit my lip reading every word, my soul protested in disbelief. Such arrogance such pride in being human, I took a deep breath and cleared my mind and thought hard about the way I felt when Aston dismissed the faith in God. The republic in me called for an emergency seating, the motion was to discuss Aston’s active approach in atheism. The Lucifer in me stood up, it has been a long time since he has said anything. The whole republic was in awe, mesmerised by the elegance and style of the fallen one.
A short silence filled the atmosphere before the track changed to Linkin Park’s –The Catalyst. Everybody waited in great suspense trying to gauge what the light-bringer has to say. He stood firm, as he peered into every republican in the temple. I sensed his anger as he said “…this is exactly why, I protested. You humans have no gratitude. You pour blood, and cause destruction and you revere yourself, wasn’t I right? I do not understand why HE still has so much faith in your kind. HE condemned me and my kind over yours…; nevertheless HIS love has no boundaries. I have expected this for a very long time, even before the inception of man. I do not care if the republic chooses to refute what has been written. May HE have mercy on your kind.” The Morning Star took his seat with silence.
The other angels lowered their wings. Everybody hung their head in shame, deep down they wanted to agree with the fallen one. They understood the complex love he had for God, and his dislike for Man. Michael stood up; there was great disappointment on his face. “You must refute the writing, you must. His opinion has deeply offended all of us, even the light-bringer” he said.
The theists in the republic mocked me, they hummed to the tune of R.E.M’s Loosing My Religion. The Mullahs suggested that we condemn Aston’s blasphemous writing. The Rabbis said that whatever our decision it makes no difference, we would still burn for eternity in hell. The Bishops quoted Deuteronomy 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die. The Mullahs suggested Fatir 35:7 Those who disbelieve will have a severe punishment, and those who believe and do righteous deeds will have forgiveness and great reward. As Lord President I quickly warned them, “I will not tolerate such remarks!“
The Sikhs and Hindus were calm. One priest stood up and said “He is a disbeliever, and so let it be, this is the will of God”. A Sikh reminded “he is not bad, and we are not good.” One Pundit said “Can’t you see even God loves and feeds this disbeliever, who are we to judge him in anyway?“, A Sadhu then said “He just needs to have a joint and listen to some Bob Marley” which was received with much supportive laughter from a group of Rastafarians. Everybody looked at him, and he equipped “What? You guys are making big fuss out of this! Chill man, and let the Atheist say what has been inspired to him.”
As Linkin Parks – In The End started to play, the Agnostics refused to vote on the motion. They said “With all due respect, we choose not to speak on this neither take a stand, we beg leave from the temple.” before they left. As I turned to the Deists, they equipped me with this “We think that the term disbeliever is in accurately used. We should instead use the term Atheist to refer the subject matter.” What is the reason for that? I curiously inquired. “He dismisses the idea of God, but he speaks the truth, how can he then be a disbeliever? Having faith in the truth is not disbelief. It is the very core of belief” they explained. “He is an Atheist because it is God’s will. We believe there is much wisdom in what he says. Just because what he speaks threatens to destroy the very foundation of this temple or faith is no excuse to not admit the truth, why fear when God is ultimately the truth?” they added.
The lyric to Crawling by Linkin Park was in the air almost resonating to their argument as I looked for some insight from the Buddhist monks. One monk said “He is a Bodhisattva of our time, learn from him, and do not fear his words instead embrace the wisdom he speaks.” Another said “Seek not what he destroys seek what he stands for, seek the truth.” Harahel, the angel of knowledge agreed with the monks and said “He who truly disbelieves is a cruel person who causes pain to others, he who oppresses the weak.”
Neo and Morpheus agreed that we shall learn instead of criticising his Atheism. “The architecture of his belief is amazing in a sense that the complexity of his thought is not due to disbelief but it expounds the greater reality of belief.” said Neo. Morpheus on the other hand said this “To know yourself is to know God” at which point the Rastafarians exalted “Hey isn’t that what Jesus said?” The Sufis interrupted “Yes, that is why he is no disbeliever. Even at the hands of an Atheists God is revered, perhaps in a very unconventional way, but as the saying goes God acts in mysterious ways.” The republic has spoken, I shall learn without fear. There is no concern for fear; the truth would only set me free.
Lingswaran Singh has been an active loyar burok since he was 5 years old. He speaks an open and disinterested language, dictated by no passion but that of humanity. Independence is his happiness, and he views things as they are, without regard to place or person; his country is the world, and his religion is to do good with compassion. He is a self proclaimed artist with an imagination beyond imagination. He finds pleasure in deconstructing and challenging social norms, he is paradoxical . He works towards educating Malaysian youths about justice, freedom, equality, human rights, and nation building. He too is an emissary of Lord Bobo Barnabus, tasked to enlighten Malaysians through www.loyarburok.com, the blawg leading the quest for world domination