Norway: Tragedy in the Enlightened North

A Higher Calling

The giddy rush of realizing you are committed to a higher purpose, that you are purposed in life to a greater good.  The cool sweet air and clear vision of preternatural commitment the ultimate truth is what, perhaps, motivated Anders Behring Breivik, a blond, blue-eyed Norwegian, and Christian fundamentalist with right-wing sympathies.

This man, whose guilt has yet to be determined, could just as well been named Ivan Skavinsky Skavar or Abdul Abulbul Amir.  They will have accomplished little of note any more than Ramón Mercader, Richard Reid, or anyone else consumed by the narcissism of illumination. About Ivan Skavinsky Skavar and

 Abdul Abulbul Amir

The sons of the Prophet are brave men and bold
And quite unaccustomed to fear,
But the bravest by far in the ranks of the Shah,
Was Abdul Abulbul Amir.

If you wanted a man to encourage the van,
Or harass the foe from the rear,
Storm fort or redoubt, you had only to shout
For Abdul Abulbul Amir.

Now the heroes were plenty and well known to fame
In the troops that were led by the Czar,
And the bravest of these was a man by the name
Of Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

One day this bold Russian, he shouldered his gun
And donned his most truculent sneer,
Downtown he did go where he trod on the toe
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

Young man, quoth Abdul, has life grown so dull
That you wish to end your career?
Vile infidel, know, you have trod on the toe
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

So take your last look at the sunshine and brook
And send your regrets to the Czar
For by this I imply, you are going to die,
Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

Then this bold Mameluke drew his trusty skibouk,
Singing, “Allah! Il Allah! Al-lah!”
And with murderous intent he ferociously went
For Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

They parried and thrust, they side-stepped and cussed,
Of blood they spilled a great part;
The philologist blokes, who seldom crack jokes,
Say that hash was first made on the spot.

They fought all that night neath the pale yellow moon;
The din, it was heard from afar,
And huge multitudes came, so great was the fame,
Of Abdul and Ivan Skavar.

As Abdul’s long knife was extracting the life,
In fact he was shouting, “Huzzah!”
He felt himself struck by that wily Calmuck,
Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

The Sultan drove by in his red-breasted fly,
Expecting the victor to cheer,
But he only drew nigh to hear the last sigh,
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.

There’s a tomb rises up where the Blue Danube rolls,
And graved there in characters clear,
Is, “Stranger, when passing, oh pray for the soul
Of Abdul Abulbul Amir.”

A splash in the Black Sea one dark moonless night
Caused ripples to spread wide and far,
It was made by a sack fitting close to the back,
Of Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.

A Muscovite maiden her lone vigil keeps,
‘Neath the light of the cold northern star,
And the name that she murmurs in vain as she weeps,
Is Ivan Skavinsky Skavar

About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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4 Responses to Norway: Tragedy in the Enlightened North

  1. william wallace says:

    Of course its wrong tragic to turn to acts of extreme violence
    yet there be an individual whom feels there be no alternative.

    Its sad in this case as having a individual whom tormented by
    guilt // which of course is guilt of mind /not that of the the soul.

    A very ill individual / whom wrongly committed the direst action
    in seeking help. It’s a continuous western dilema. Yet / to go to
    such extremes / is not the norm. Its a clear sign a warning that
    there is far too much violence / killing / destruction in the world.

    • carlos says:

      I agree but I find it difficult to separate the mind from the soul.

      • william wallace says:

        The best as only true way of dividing mind from soul
        is via meditation. In turning ones senses inward one
        starts a unfolding of the spiritual self // not ideas / as
        beliefs / of a heaven beyond the clouds // but that of
        practical spiritual experience / one’s clarity of thought.

        When one having not reached the stage of meditation
        then one is left with religions having variations of belief.

        In main through willpower as their faith religious groups
        (many) are no cause of concern. Where main religious
        groupings having over time have turned to big buisness
        where having a yearly turnover of $billions /all based on
        a heaven/ paradise thats somewhere beyond the clouds.

        The religious brainwashing of many children can start as
        young as 3yrs 4yrs 5yrs // by 12yrs such damage to their
        developing brain is dire / unabled in giving a independent
        viewpoint /dependent on being told what to think/ and act.

        At present humanity blessed in having Prem Rawat whom
        teaches meditation / the art of turning the senses inwards
        thus one is able bring a unfolding of spiritual expereience.

        On pc search put (words of peace) on site being an large
        selection of videos where Prem Rawat / talks as teaching
        the purpose of creation how best one fulfills development
        of their spiritual self. Bringing clarity / an balanced outlook.

        We live in a time a age where meditation being introduced
        that allow one in gaining very practical spiritual experience.

        • carlos says:

          Yes,I have heard of Prem Rawat (Mahara Ji). Some friends were followers. Many paths lead to enlightenment. The Jesuit quote “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man” shows how man’s free will may be neural conditioning.

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