Since last week the catholics here in Togo are fasting.
An old man of 76 years old, follows the Catholic Church dogma, and was fasting.
I told him that was very dangerous for his health and he should no follow such foreign traditions.
Then I asked him ‘do you know where the fasting tradition comes from?’.
He said, ‘no, tell me my son’.
I said ‘it comes from Europe, from the period where famine and hunger was prevalent. From February to April, the food stock of people are very low. Winter covers the lands with snow, and people hide themselves from cold. Babies and elders are completely wrapped in clothes to loose less energy, and to consume the least food possible. Some years starvation was such that people would kill each other and eat human meat. Also tribes attacked others to steal their food. Wars became their way of life. To help the whole situation, the tradition of fasting was invented to reduce nutrition to only one dish a day, or half a portion. The church used its authority to institute the fasting tradition exactly to help social order and families stocks management. You see, fasting is nothing religious, it’s a hunger management tradition from scarcity societies of desert and snowlands.’
‘hummm… That’s very interesting.’ he responded.
‘Please don’t hurt yourself with tradition which had nothing to do with our realities. Now that Europeans have enough to eat, they don’t do fasting anymore, but only symbolically.’
He closed his eyes, and breathed deeply. I brought him fresh water to drink.
Christianity is a criminal religion which had damaged so much our culture and people. But time has come to retaliate.