THE COSMO-SEMANTIC GOD
Of course the notion of God is
important in cosmosemantics.
Who is God for cosmosemanticians?
best approach Him, talk to Him, receive blessings from Him?
we begin, let me ask you this: Would you one day want to be
transported instantly to work without having to take your car, or the
bus, or commute by train?
How about being transported in an instant
to another destination in another continent, say from Africa to
America and back without ever facing the challenge of delayed jets,
packed planes, lost luggage?
Have you realized that that's what we
have been talking about here?
Have you realized that that's what
cosmosemantics may one day offer?
I am sure that you all have
experienced weird things like you think of someone and a minute
later, he calls or appears or you receive a letter from him.
N'LENLA, the elders would say, as if hearts afire paid visits to one
You are sure you have placed your purse on a table.
and look and do not see it, and when you are no longer looking for
it, here it is right there on the table.
Now think hard and ask
yourself a teleological question to get a teleological
did I think of my brother a couple of minutes before he called me?"
Then ask yourself a mechanical question in order to get a mechanical
"What earlier circumstances made me think of my
brother?" or better yet "What earlier circumstances made my
brother call me?"
In the beginning of our discussion on
cosmosemantics, I gave you a few examples about three people who used
special powers to fight the invader in Africa.
Let's ask a mechanical
question about one of them, say, Bikoy.
What earlier circumstances
caused him to transmute into a palmnut bunch?
You may think about all
the possible and probable initiatic manipulations he went through to
master his powers but let me suggest this answer:
the most important
earlier circumstances that caused him to transmute into a palmnut
1) the KNOWLEDGE that his people,
the Bassa, had a weapon
that could topple the colonizer and get him to leave the country, and
2) the WILL to use that weapon.
That WEAPON, which is simply a
KNOWLEDGE, is cosmosemantics.