Tonyblack wrote:Do you notice who simple Brutha is at the beginning of the book to the end?
It's as if Terry deliberately made him ultra naiive so that the contrast would stand out more. Brutha gets an education in 'life' - before he'd left the temple, he'd been almost completely shielded from the outside world.
Isn't that the way all prophets are? They tend to be a bit sheltered and simple until they either find enlightenment or they meet up with the deity of their choice who spoils their plans for a quiet life of well deserved obscurity and recruits them to go out and kick some pagan ass.
Look at Abraham--he was a simple shepherd and idol worshipper until the Lord told him to put away the toys away and worship him.
Look at Moses--he was the token Jew in the Pharoah's palace until he killed a guard, ran off to become a shepherd, and would have stayed that way forever if the Lord hadn't recruited him using the Burning Bush trick.
Look at Mohammed--he was a simple, well-off merchant until he became Allah's official stenographer.
Buddah was pretty much a regular royal prince until he wandered off, sat under a tree for a few years, and found enlightenment.
Even Jesus spent his first 30 years building chairs and tables until his Dad kicked him in the butt and told him to go off and tell everyone the Good News.
Look at Mightily Oats. He was a naive, self-doubting, recent seminary graduate with no spirit cred until Granny and the Vampyrs taught him the true meaning of Om.
Prophets always have to come from humble and ignorant beginnings. If they started off as well educated, world-weary, spiritual manipulators, they'd be--bishops and caliphs and mullahs and high priests. Who wants to listen to THEM?