THE COSMOSEMANTIC GOD INTELLIGIBLE?
I am describing nothing
but the African idea of the Supreme Being,
the Bassa Hilolombi,
the Pahuings Zamba
the Bakwedi Nyame,
Father who distanced Himself from His children to allow them to take
The cosmosemantic God is intelligible to Westerners as
well, as Pure Energy.
Actually, and this is an irony, Westerners have
dismissed the Judeo-Christian God they brought to Africa a long time
Figure that in an essay titled 'Comment" which appeared in
New Black Friars, 1984, page 3, J.O. Mills stresses that "while
every day in the West roughly 7,500 people stop being Christians,
every day in Africa, roughly double that number become
The December 7, 1997 edition of the New York
Times Magazine published a survey, "Belief by the Numbers",
compiled by Russell Shorto, which places Nigeria first among the most
actively religious countries (89%) against Canada (38%), Spain (25%),
France, which used to call itself "La fille ainee de l'Eglise"
(21%) and Australia (16%). Which religion appears to be the
fastest-growing Eastern religion in the West? Buddhism.
religion is the opium of the people, surely our Nigerian brothers
must be sleeping a lot. And if religion is said to be the balm of
oppressed, then our brothers, Nigerians, must be suffering a lot
under these successive military regimes.
We must do something here to
help them stay awake and find freedom.
But what I am not sure
of is Westerners being capable to be (or become) cosmosemanticians.
Western science demands that everything be carefully measured.
cosmosemantics, you measure nothing,
for every space/time,
and every single particle in the space/time
continuum in essence carries so much information that measurement is
Let's say for a moment, for the sake of this
discussion, that we begin to measure things, by the end we finish
measuring a simple particle in the space/time continuum, the
measurements we recorded first would have changed.
Measuring is the
enemy of cosmosemantics.