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A Strange New Worm

March 31, 2014


The other night I was comparing notes: Dickens and another novelist which I won’t say because I don’t want readers to go rushing out and buying his work, and turning him into a hero of some faint magnitude. I knew I would begin a series of essays about novelists, poets, and the like (along with my weekly: I quit! This is beyond my ability to matriculate in the mainstream. And after much restless, gasping fear of undressing, along with my usually hurdling battle of diligent contempt, I consented, broken and overheated … with mind awhirl, unstoppable, unsentimental and uncensored) … and I found the following article. Why I found it is a Mystery (the Y in YHWH), but I knew I was to use it as my launch.

The article:


Before I advance into the fairway on writing, life choices and this new worm, I want to say that I am fascinated by creatures of all kinds. I will be honest though, and share that I have tended to be more interested in plants, animals, insects … and little ones, which often seem like aliens compared to that grown-up that we know as adult. Lately, however, I have been shown to “make contact.” Really? Must I? I kid a little here, and yet, I am serious—serious in that I must plunge deeper into that Well, where Mystery and partnering share a common stage. That common stage is understood in the Paradox on Love (what I have shared in many SPIR essays).

While driving to the market yesterday morning, filled with Dickens stories, and this other unusual, and prophetic writer, I listened to a talk show on the car radio. I can only really share that it had a menacing voice regarding the religious right. The topics varied from real maple syrup verses “junk syrup” to freedoms of religion, along with the banal. After returning home, I checked online news and read an article about the seriously anti-gay laws in Uganda. Curious that I am, I looked up Uganda to better understand the popular religious sentiment, and I make sure to always look at the breakdown. In Uganda, from a census taken in 2002, Christianity holds over 84% (Roman Catholic – 41.9%, Anglican Church – 39.9 %, Evangelicals and Pentecostals following, along with a growing Presbyterian presence, Islam – 12%). info from Wikipedia

I must ask the reader is this not an institution (the association) of partiality given this horrendous behavior toward another being? By this, I am not saying that every Christian living in Uganda hates gays; I am saying that it is a PARTIAL mindset of institutional reliance, or alliance—n’est-il pas? According to the 2002 census, Christianity is THE dominant religion in the Ugandan metropolis, but to be fair, we need to clarify this mindset.

When did Christianity arrive in Uganda? I found the following:

Christianity came late to Uganda compared with many other parts of Africa. Missionaries first arrived at the court of Kabaka Muteesa in 1877, almost a century after the missionary impetus from Europe had begun. And yet within 25 years Uganda had become one of the most successful mission fields in the whole of Africa. What were the causes of this phenomenal success?

and also the following from Wikipedia:

Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world, with 37.7% of the population living on less than $1.25 a day. Despite making enormous progress in reducing the countrywide poverty incidence from 56% of the population in 1992 to 31% in 2005, poverty remains deep-rooted in the country’s rural areas, which are home to more than 85 per cent of Ugandans.


There are many areas which continue to attract concern when it comes to human rights in Uganda.
Conflict in the northern parts of the country continues to generate reports of abuses by both the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, and the Ugandan Army. A UN official accused the LRA in February 2009 of “appalling brutality” in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The number of internally displaced persons is estimated at 1.4 million. Torture continues to be a widespread practice amongst security organisations. Attacks on political freedom in the country, including the arrest and beating of opposition members of parliament, have led to international criticism, culminating in May 2005 in a decision by the British government to withhold part of its aid to the country. The arrest of the main opposition leader Kizza Besigye and the siege of the High Court during a hearing of Besigye’s case by heavily armed security forces – before the February 2006 elections – led to condemnation.
Child labour is common in Uganda. Many child workers are active in agriculture. Children who work on tobacco farms in Uganda are exposed to health hazards. Child domestic servants in Uganda risk sexual abuse. Trafficking of children occurs. Slavery and forced labour are prohibited by the Ugandan constitution.
The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants reported several violations of refugee rights in 2007, including forcible deportations by the Ugandan government and violence directed against refugees.
Torture and extrajudicial killings have been a pervasive problem in Uganda in recent years. For instance, according to a 2012 US State Department report, “the African Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation for Torture Victims registered 170 allegations of torture against police, 214 against the UPDF, one against military police, 23 against the Special Investigations Unit, 361 against unspecified security personnel, and 24 against prison officials” between January and September 2012.
In September 2009 Museveni refused Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi, the Baganda King, permission to visit some areas of Buganda Kingdom, particularly the Kayunga district. Riots occurred and over 40 people were killed while others remain imprisoned to this date. Furthermore, 9 more people were killed during the April 2011 “Walk to Work” demonstrations. According to the Humans Rights Watch 2013 World Report on Uganda, the government has failed to investigate the killings associated with both of these events. Note: there is a photo of two women who have had their lips cut off.


“What were the causes of this phenomenal success?” 


That is a debatable question; however, we must also look into a number of other areas of interest. One such area is understanding “Christian understanding” on the death of Jesus—how and why this happened. Back in 2011, then Pope, Benedict, made a statement exonerating the Jews for the death of Jesus. Afterward, I heard a non Catholic, non believer of the Spirit Holy, say, in a somewhat incredulous tone,”Really? If it weren’t for the death of Jesus, there would be no Christianity, and what would be said of their being saved? I wonder if they have ever considered this?”

Hold that thought, and hold that question. When Jesus, Prophet of Truth, was walking the earth within His Purpose, there were few who carried His same torch. These were called, sent out, and entered into a ministry, maybe better understood as a mission, but the reality within this mission, is that it is a dialect—A Voice. It is a Voice in opposition to murderous and tactical manipulating, as well as numerous, numerous other ills, which I do not need to elaborate on in this essay, but this Voice is also a carrier of Truth. This is an important Understanding in that Life spoken of in Holy Scripture.

Now, why was He sent?

I will share just one reason, and if any believer or non believer does not see this … I pity you. Stoning, otherwise known as lapidation. This, according to Jewish custom, was written in the “law” by Moses. This leads me to ask a pertinent question. Who still stones people today for adultery, being rebellious toward parents, cursing God, and having a familiar Spirit (being a wizard)? We have only to look around the world for this answer. For those of us in a free society (religiously <tradition, customs, law> speaking), we have a lot to thank God for, quite specially, sending His Son. Now, can anyone blame an atheist for not desiring the “wrathful” God who sent His Prophet  Moses? Can anyone blame that same God who sent His Son to stem this awful disobedience in His Name, which resulted in Christianity?

I have said here on SPIR that Holy Scripture is not of a wrathful, vindictive, malicious God, but it is also not of a willy nilly, anything goes, weak-minded, capitalistic God. The Adam and Eve story written according to someone, or some sect or institution, shows a malicious God, therefore, I believe the mystics of men misunderstood the Prophet, whether for his own purpose, or a common mistake of the art, it was translated incorrectly. This unfortunately led to much devastation, heartache, futile purpose and ignorance. But I have also stated several times that man is in infancy on his Understanding of God.

Those who take the words of the mystic as Truth, without seeing the underlying discord are without Gnosis. So, what does a Christian or one of Judaism believe? Do these take and use what they like or what they don’t like according to their own ways and means? Absolutely they do. If they want, for instance, to keep the female person suspect, or of a lesser position, they will use stones, and knives, and hot presses, or anything else that they can use to undermine, repudiate and destroy. Imagine not having lips to kiss—to have teeth forever exposed—to never feel the softness of your own child through this sensory touch. Hold this image in your mind as you read, for I will return to it.

The apple does not fall far from the tree, and it can be carted and shipped to just about anywhere, including Uganda. What kind of fruit has grown and flourished in such a place?



What we are looking at today is a vast metropolis called Christianity, which is catholic in voice and circumstance, but is as divisive in dialogue as the Congress of the United States of America, and as divided as the number of waves that crash to the shore each day. Roman Catholicism alone likely has more denominations than the Protestants they once despised. This leaves many with something very serious to consider—a question. Christianity the Religion: Is it Christ? Remember, nowhere in Holy Scripture does Jesus ever say, “Take up your cross as Christian.” No where does He say, “Be of Christianity.” His message was more to the Understanding ofyour faith has saved you. Remember, He says … Take heart, Daughter … ? This leads us to the study of Faith, as this is, and always will be, of Truth. If it’s not faith; well, then, what is it? If your inheritance is partiality, you miss the message on Truth. If you can    carry your brother’s wood no matter how he views himself, you do well in the sight of the Lord, but do not be deceived to believe that your own goodness reserves the right to build its home in a world of disunity. God is no respecter of persons. 



The worm living in the hot, hot, fire-filled, stinky conditions is there for a reason; I am sure.  Augustine of Hippo mentioned a worm living in fire in his book, City of God. How did he know of this worm back in his day? He was born 13 November 354 in Tagaste, understood as Algeria today, and he died 27 August 430 in Hippo Regius, also Algeria. Mines will be mines, I suppose. Which brings me  back to Dickens, and that other novelist, whose name I will not share. I don’t think I need to introduce to the reader here on SPIR the great talent of Charles Dickens. The other novelist? Well, let’s just say he lived somewhat like that worm—eating bacteria in the heat. Even his books showed a certain predisposition for this taste, but, you know the rage of the times—clamoring to the chair at the beach, the one where the muscle-toned men scour the waves for fledgling cries, and the undulating to the ladies, permissive and toxic, and the pitiful pence paid the artists which fuels the madness, either way—rich or poor. But this Strange New Worm is the opposing prelate. He will “muster the Rohirrim”, and away from their sotting, for theirs is a movement of a NEW cleaving, and not of the old cleavage—a vestige washing away.

This Strange New Worm will desire reasonable ethics as opposed to repetitive forestry. He will eat his way through the leaves like the very hungry caterpillar, and keep going … not stopping for second breakfasts, but will tread onward, and upward, until he reaches that mountaintop, and can see the great sea in fuller scope, and what SHE has to offer. He will then make that dive …


into the colors insurmountable, and will be known.






Peace and Love



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