The idea that I wanted to share was brought to mind during a meeting that I was involved in. I threw out a symbolic idea, that could not be grasped. Not that it did not make sense, but because the images I used were offensive and scary to some. I dared to discuss a myth that I learned about Satan. I simply stated that in some cultures "Satan is known as the whisperer, and he or it had no power other than being able to present ideas (whisper) to the listener." Now to many of you out there that might throw you off as well. Especially if you are doing the whispering (hahahahaaa).
My elder was asked the question about the nature of God and the Devil in our discussion. He explained it in a simple way. First he took us out of the mind state of God, and devil. He instead walked us through exploring the nature of good and evil. He stated that there was a simple way that we could tell the one from the other. He loved math and he used mathematics to break down the concept. He stated that the nature of good could be identified because it added and multiplied life. He then shared that evil could be identified by it's nature of subtracting from and dividing life. He explained that both were necessary functions in the universe.
Years later I still remember this simple truth and loving metaphors like this I will add this statement:
"Life is an mathematical problem requiring us to be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in order to live the best life." So it is not an issue of "this" or "that" or even "this" vs. "that", wisdom dictates that we learn to see "this" and "that".
We have been programmed through the interpretation of our myths and stories to see the conflict of all things rather than seeing a unified whole, and in this we rob ourselves of what could be. Study your math and see how limited your problem solving skills would be if you removed any of the mathematical functions. I think life is the same. Our lives are equations and because we limit what we can use because of our fear, we can never solve the problem. So if I use a myth or story with Elegba, satan, the devil, or any other trickster the information I am trying to share can not be received. Individuals fears of the unkown will limit what they can hear. I know that i can change the characters of most stories, but "Hell" I like shaking people up.