Friday, October 21, 2005

The Limits of Omniscience

Muhammad al-Maghut tells us about what keeps him up at night:

"The master of Arab irony, the Syrian poet Muhammad al-Maghut, once imagined a postman "preparing a huge file/About human suffering/To present to God". He appeals to prisoners to send him their "Fears screams and boredom" and peasants to send "Flowers rags/Mutilated breasts . ......" My biggest fear, the postman confides at the climax of this catalogue of pain, is that God may be illiterate." (Roger Hardy, The New Statesman, October 24, 2005).


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