Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ego: God vs. the Devil

This is from a novel I'm reading A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, which is a fictional account of events surrounding the attempted murder of Bob Marley in 1976. It's a good read so far. Published in 2014, it is written from the perspective of several characters, with each chapter in an alternating character's voice.

This quote is from some "white bwoi" visiting Marley's house before the shooting, as told by Papa-Lo, a Jamaican gangster. "The thing about God is that he needs the fame, you know? Fine, the attention, the notice, the recognition. He said it himself, in all your ways acknowledge me. If you stop paying attention or call his name out he kinda cease to exist.

"Now the devil, he doesn't need acknowledgement, in fact, the more hush-hush the better.

"Meaning he doesn't need to be name-checked, identified, or even remembered. The way I see it, the devil could be anyone around you."

Worth thinking about.

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