This will be a short and targeted rant. This week I have seen a few prime examples of people who act based on emotions; both in Santería as in Palo. I am not going to discuss the particular of each case because I want to respect privacy. People make assumptions. Because they feel something strongly they think that what they are feeling is correct and true and needs to be carried out. Nutty people in the loony bin also can have such feelings and ideas, these are called delusions. A delusion is a false idea about reality; keep this in mind as you read. Let me point out a few things that should be food for thought.
Impulse and Inspiration
Santería becomes Tontería (foolishness) when people read and imitate without thinking. It is lovely to have an inspiration but it does not mean you have to act impulsively and do what your inspiration is moving you to do. Because a book says that Eleguá represents phallic energies it does not mean that you have to surround him with phallic symbols and sex toys. How about engaging the brain before letting the body carry you away with meaningless acts? What an embarrassment to walk into someone’s shrine and find the Road Opener surrounded by such distasteful display.
Palo becomes a threat to personal freedom when people do not respect the law. A person who is barely trained feels an impulse to obtain a kriyumba. Having a dream inspiring you to get a kriyumba or other such objects hardly confers the right qualifications to deal with such responsibility. Furthermore, it does not confer the license to obtain one illegally. Grave desecration is against the law. There are legal ways to procure fundamental materials without risking personal freedom and the reputation and safety of the community at large.