so it's sunday morning, so lets do some god.
it's gonna be in english, cuz god dont speak no romanian, for sure.
at the most, if they do speak a language from our neck of the woods, that would be for sure Dacian
- like, DUH. i dont know no dacian, my friends.
anyways, back to our plans - and god's sense of humour.
actually, lets begin with the latter.
does god have a sense of humor?
hell yeah! just a few examples:
einstein's 'god doesn't play dice with the universe'
woody allen's 'if you want to make god laugh, tell him about your plans'
anonymous 'I keep trying to lose weight, but god keeps putting donuts in my path'
and there's like gazzilions of these if you go online and google 'god has humour'
to me, thats god's quintessential quality. to me that means benevolence, power, empathy.
the people i have ever liked immensely have all these qualities in abnormal quantities, and what keeps them together, like clay an adobe house, is humour.
what is humour?
humour is to not take yourself too seriously - which automatically reflects on your capacity to interact and give respect to others. empathy and self-irony may well be god's favourite duo, methinks.
a word on power - humour is a risky behaviour. it takes balls to exercise it, especially in today's world. but humour is also the power to say 'so i was walking down the street one day' and continue talking about what u did/thought/said that made u feel afraid, perplexed or just plain stupid. exposing yourself like that takes courage and, again, empathy. my fav comedians are the ones that start off with a bunch of sexist racist homophobic jokes that get their audiences rolling - and then they somehow manage to be even funnier talking about how they came to realise they'd been so wrong. thats magisterial pedagogy. it's powerful - the more so cuz it's funny.
oh my god, THIS - from way back in the day, when ted was still a thing:
about (your) plans.
i have a little story.
my grandma read fortunes sometimes - i 'picked up' the trade and every now and then, extremely rarely, i indulge in it. there's 2 tricks to it:
1. it really only works if you believe it does. why is that? cuz successful reading requires a particular type of connection, which in its turn requires a lowering of guards and an opening to an other that not many people can actually accomplish. like in so many other acts, you and the other person engaged in 'fortune telling' are the two ends of a conductor thing, which in its own turn is part of a system of conducting things - and if they all communicate, then bitches i swear that becomes karma. but it requires both people being able to do that, just. bottom-like, when one reads palms or cards or coffee grains or whatever the medium might be, you're not really reading or guessing enything - but more like shaping karma, with the 'client's' participation.
2. my grandmother taught me that whenever somebody comes to ask to have their fortune told because they really need to know, cuz it's a life and death matter to them, or anything like that - i must always decline. why? cuz if u have placed such high stakes on something, anything, god will be sure to want to teach you a lesson - about humility, selfishness, whatever it is the lack of that makes u obsess about one thing so. thats humour and it's benevolence: setting you straight on the path that is engraved with messages like
'i am not one thing'
'i am so much more than just x'
'i am everything'
'god is a dj'
haha, did u like thaaaaaaaaat?
last week i was an accessory to white privilege, like big time - for the last time.
i was aware of it while it was happening, i made the decision to go ahead with it consciously, was not 'duped' - therefore im not leaving this here for any 'particular' person to see it :)
i did it for the pedagogical value of a number/performance i designed as an adieu gig - i've been doing it for a while already, but as of last saturday i will cease any interviews/shows/public appearances. in recent years, especially after the sad end of care and my mom's death, ive been regrouping back to my old modus operandi, as both an activist and teacher: one person at a time, thats the way to stay true to your own promise. it's not large crowds cheering or big money that make god smile. and u want god to smile on you.
this is not a mystical meltdown :)
ive always had a good laugh with god.
te pup si mi-e tare dor de tine, matei <3