Posted by: nastylittletruths | December 8, 2008

Is Barack Obama Really The Messiah?

No, I haven’t turned and gone over to the other side, but there are believers out there…  Check this website:

After the acceptance speech the night of November 4th in Grant Park, I’ve been toying about this piece. I don’t know where it originated, but I know Rush Limbaugh (yes, him…) was said never  to have mentioned Obama by name, but drops his voice an octave and whisper, ‘The Messiah ‘  in reference to Obama. And of course, there was John McCain joking that, ‘Maverick, I can do… Messiah is a bit above my pay grade‘ Last but not least, Obama himself saying that, ‘contrary to public opinion, I was not born in a manger… I was sent here by my father Jor-El…‘  All good stuff :-)

In history, I’ve always been fascinated how great orators have contributed (both positively and negatively) to the evolution of civilisation. In primitive groups, it was theorised that we were very egalitarian. Everyone, being equal, had their say and then decisions made by consensus. As groups grew, so was the impossible task of hearing/discussing everyone’s position, so we delegated our rights to speak to one person. And it was only natural to choose someone who had the best skill in getting the message across verbally.

To quickly sum up, civilisations evolved more hierarchical, we gave up more and more of our rights to one person (who then turned around and usually kicked our asses) but the common factor was the charisma and the oratory skills. Who out there reading this have not had their pores raise when they hear someone they admire get on the soapbox? Martin Luther King still does it every time I hear those first four words – ‘I have a dream..

So yes, Obama has great oratorical skills. So great, his detractors admitted it but wanted to convince us that’s all he was – an empty suit. So great, he was able to reach out to millions of white Americans who elected him to be their first black President. So great, after the Jeremiah Wright controversy he made a speech about race relations that will endure until we all look alike. So great, hardly anyone in the national and international arena knew him before that landmark speech at the 2004 DNC, yet in four years was elected President of the USA. So great, the world was watching on not only as spectators, but as one writer described it, willingly became honorary US citizens for a night. And why? To be part of some rapture – to believe that this man will be the solution to the world’s problems.

But  back to the question, and more importantly, why do we want to believe? Theories of management have suggested that the western world underwent a change 300 years ago when we became more scientific, more questioning, wanting to ensure that everything was dissected, measured, weighed and understood how each part was important to the whole. In other words, we required quantitative proof of everything. It was not unreasonable then to see the first casualty being faith… Faith in the unknown is just that – you either have it or you don’t.

I always draw the parallel of the Indian Satya Sai Baba, who has a tremendous following throughout the world, to that of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago who had a handful of believers during his lifetime. Putting aside your religious beliefs for a minute or two, can you see either Jesus or Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) surviving the cynical world we live in with internet searches and investigative journalists hounding them for “quantitative proof” of their miracles or links to God? You either have it, or you don’t…

Are we now changing and desperately looking for something to believe in? The Hindus believe that when the world needs a saviour, one is sent. Many times during our recent history it was considered so bad that it was time for a saviour, so the skeptic will again ask, why now? I have no firm belief in this issue and leave it for you to decide on a personal level. The cynic in me will keep thinking that human beings are fallible and make mistakes. The humanitarian in me, however, is easy to forgive (barring stubborn people who can’t admit their mistakes), but what about the people who have pinned so much hope on this relatively young man? Will they be forgiving or return to their former jaded state?

As a side note, our Caribbean politicians – especially our own Prime Minister – are hoping that Obama is less of a Messiah and more of a Midas so that his touch will turn them to gold. Amazingly, they will deny that they are racists, but the sheer idea of a black US President makes them feel they should be treated differently as they too are leaders of countries with the same colour. Sad, and dangerous…



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