I've Got This Theory

 
 

What’s the most violent part of our world? The place with the most conflict and strife. Ask a dozen people in the U.S. and they’ll probably all say “The Middle East”. Are they wrong? Doesn’t really matter, who’s top dog in this contest means tragedy and pain for thousands, maybe millions. Let’s assume it is the Middle East though. Let’s also assume all those car and suicide bombings came to an end. All the rockets and gunfire and stoning. Imagine it all went away tomorrow.

That’s a lot of emotion—a lot of feeling—without a home. You see, there’s this theory that people’s actions are things beyond their control. That we’re nothing more than the playthings of gods, angels, demons--a whole host of beings we can’t see or touch or hear.

The thing about the Middle East—the thing people seem to forget—is that it’s home to the djinn. And if popular culture has taught us anything, it’s that the djinn make their homes in all sorts of things: lamps, rugs, vases, jars, cups, umbrellas, sword sheaths. There’s no telling where a djinn might be living. What you should consider is that the djinn can make their home in the hearts of people, too.

Now recall the above, that bit about all the war and suffering coming to an end tomorrow. What needs to be asked is this: What would those ideas do if the people—the homes to those ideas—evicted all that foul thinking? And here we come to it, the theory. Consider this: without the violence we’d see explosions of peace, love, music, and creation.

The ideas that dwell in our souls and our minds demand acknowledgement, better to see them as friends than enemies.