A camel trader is walking across the Sahara Desert. The party pitches a tent for the night.  And the slaves drive pegs into the ground and tie the camels to the pegs.  Then they come in to say to the master, “There are only nineteen pegs and we’ve got twenty camels.  How do we tie the twentieth camel?”

And the master said, “These camels are stupid animals.  just go through the motions of tying the camel and he’ll stay put all night,” which is what they did, and the camel stood there, convincing everybody.  And the next morning they lifted the tent and continued on their journey, the slaves came to complain that all the camels were following except this one.  This one refused to budge.  And the master said, “You forgot to untie him.”

They said, “Oh, yes,” so they went through the motions of untying him.

Source | Anthony de MelloRediscovering Life, Pages 63-64


This is an image of the human condition.  We’re scared about things that are not.  We’re tied to things that don’t exist.  They’re illusions.  They’re falsehoods.  They’re beliefs; they’re not realities.



Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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