I think that I’m a prophet
Or at least, I used to.
I made a bet with my cousin, a Northwestern law graduate, that I would find the proof by the end of 2020 to consider myself a prophet, or otherwise I would no longer do so.
And it is 12/17. I have yet to produce this “proof.”
But yet, I don’t know whether or not to continue. Change my thoughts? Change my direction?
Because I have this book I want to write. And I think it was brought to me by God, or some other celestial spirits.
Ramanujan is an Indian mathematician who brought numerous elegant mathematical solutions in isolation that baffled other mathematicians, but claimed they were brought to him in dreams by the Indian goddess Namagiri.
Likewise, I don’t believe that this beautiful piece of work I am working on is entirely my own doing. Not only research-wise, but insight, perspective, and inspiration-wise. It is not my own.
I am blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to work on this and bring this forth upon the world. I am also certain others will not believe me that this is entirely my own work, nor divinely inspired. I am not particularly qualified to write or produce this, and it is not very believable that I’ve simply otherwise been inspired and moved by an outside force, like Joan of Arc.
Joan of Arc had her hurdles in being believed. Speaking of Joan of Arc, what are we making of her? In an increasingly God-skeptical world, are we just to believe that an obscure pre-teen from the countryside of France was somehow legitimately qualified and capable of leading an entire national army???
She straight up led the French army against the English, and won. And multiple times, at that.
So, let’s consider the possibility of No God. Then, this teenager from somehow convinced or swindled multiple religious and military authorities- mind you, these are not simple folks or dummies that happened to be positioned where they were- to allow her to even get in touch with relevant leaders with her story that she was being led and inspired by “saints” and “angels” to lead the French army and thus was allowed to do so??
Placebo effect, anyone? Is it the religious placidity or otherwise ability to spiritually inspire the soldiers that allowed her to obtain the influence she did? Or is that they actually believed her and saw and were moved to believe that she was actually inspired and led by angels and saints? Or is it true that she was inspired and led by angels and saints, and led France to eventual victory, with her valiant sacrifice?
Who knows. None of the above possibilities really makes sense. We have just simply collectively chosen to forget or ignore this real-life fact.
We dismiss those who dismiss science. We say science is based on facts.
Well, so is this story. Fact: Joan of Arc, an illiterate 16-year-old from obscure Domrémy, France, led the national army under the premise that she had been contacted by St. Margaret, St. Catherine, and St. Michael since the age of 13, who supposedly told her to help her country turn the tide of the Hundred Years’ War, convinced numerous skeptical authorities, led the army to repeated victories against the English, until she was captured and burned at the stake by the English at the age of 19.
Anyway, so this book.
Will this be a book? Maybe eventually. Maybe it should take the form of another, more malleable and socially fluid form. I am thinking infographic videos.
We shall see….