The Lion and the Lamb
Philosophers and sages of the past have often stated the bitter realities of life in parables and fables, to help the common man understand and reconcile with the facts of life. But it would be wrong to accept them holding good forever and universally applicable, because the realities change with time and circumstances.
Take for example the story of the lion, who was drinking water from a stream. Seeing a lamb having a drink nearby whetted his appetite. "Why are you making the water dirty?" he roared.
"But I am down stream while you are drinking water upstream" said the lamb meekly.
"Maybe so, but you called me names last summer when I came this way" said the lion visible annoyed.
"It could not be me, because I was only born in spring this year" said the lamb somewhat relieved.
"If it was not you, it must be your mother" roared the lion again before making a short meal of the lamb.
Things have changed since the story was told about a thousand years ago.
Progress has helped the power to grow into the status of super-power, with the freedom to do whatever that suits it. Using the idiom of modern power-play the lion would have neither the patience nor the time to waste on the weakling. The king of the jungle would have cut the conversation short in the first instance saying " That is enough. I know that you intend to call me bad names now" before eating up his prey in his pre-emptive wisdom.
But new knowledge has also provided counter point to every point made by the history. The cliches of the past like the lion being the "king of the jungle", the world being run according to the "law of jungle", and "might is right" are thus open to question.
One can see how the arrogance of the mightiest powers has brought them to their own destruction. The law of jungle is not unilateral but based on balance that helps to sustain it self. The ferocious king of jungle was dethroned the day he was seen running for his life, chased by an angry herd of grass eating buffaloes. Power does not lie in the weapons of tooth and claw but in unity and resolve of the deprived ---- a lesson that the powerful must not forget and the weak must remember.
The author is an independent commentator based in Karachi, Pakistan
Somewhat perplexed, the lamb replies, "I only worship a single, unseen, eternal and all-powerful creator of everything. Just as the lions claim to do."
Greatly annoyed by the lamb's testimony, the lion retorts, "But YOUR single, unseen, eternal and all-powerful creator of everything is an idol!"
For sheep and lion story, these are just roles, and roles or characters can change by the will of Allah at any time because lions and sheeps are in the category of mortality.
I resent the inital statement made by the author when he states that "Philosophers have used parables to help the common man understand life." This is also not factual. Many Philosophers such as Aristotle were skilled mathmeticians who used math to not only understand the physical sciences of this world but also the Metaphysical.
Again I doubt this article makes any relevance to political power.
Ever heard in the bulk of Chrischiandum, if someone slap on your right cheek provide him your left cheek to slap on. Dose it work even in born again Chrishians?
Ever heard the copycat Chrischians saying,
God is Gracious.Which Christian bible is that?
Keep working on that. Playing with animals is not the job of your kind.
but i think, even if it's unfair, the lamb can't change the lion. the lion is a carnivor, the lamb is his food. but the lamb can change himself. so the weak man (lamb) must arm himself with intelligence (or other alternatives) to defend himself cunningly. as physically he's weaker, he must find other alternatives to best overcome his predator.
Who will bell the cat? The sooner you bell the cat, the better is for the peace of the universe. The unity can cage the loin as the buffaloes did.
We are paying for the sins we committed, the liberties we have taken with what was covenented to us, the millions and billions of transgressions, together, all over the world, we everyday shamelessly tread upon. The present state of affairs was promised.
Reaslise this fast, very fast, get up you snoring sloths for you have everything to lose including your iman.
No recriminations will help, no past glory will help, no justifications will help.
I was reading a Hadith to day in the Morning which reads 'naem al jiahd al-hajj', the English meaning of which is 'what a wonderful Jihad is the Hajj'. Like a pilgrim, let us wear clean, simple robes, clean and pure thoughts and strive to please the Allah to gain his acceptance of our efforts. Let our efforts be not for ourselves, to gain power and pelf, the pleasures of this world. Let us efforts be to carry out His Orders and Commands. He has enjoined upon us to lead others virtually in every field. Where and when do we lead? There are so many problems different communities in all parts of the world suffer from, includding the so called advanced communities. Do the USA have defences against the Tarnadoes, the Cyclones to which its people are subjected quite frequently and they run and run. Let us find a solution for the Tarnodoes. The light is with us. Let us lead the American, European, the Japanese, the Chinese and the Indian Scientific, Technology communities in neutralising the Tarnodoes, the Cyclones, the flood and drought situations, the pollution and energy behemouths, and the diseases, the cancer,the HIV etc.,
Solutions for all these problems are readily available in the Book that was given to us, which we will be able to unravel only if we pursue it. For sometime, let us together fie upon all other interests and work on this and lead others. That would be the solution for the present desolation. Rise, people,