Of all the religious ideas that exist, I am particularly enamored by polytheism. Not the Hindu kind where God is one essence which can take many forms but rather the hard form which was favored by the Norse and Celtic civilizations. I also quite like the Terry Pratchett type idea that not all Gods are equal, or even get along with one another. It makes reading religious texts more entertaining because you can understand that a seemingly needless smiting may just be the result of that particular God losing a poker hand.
Nevertheless, understand the actions of the divine is a more ethereal issue than understanding the actions of humans. Take the 2007 Sudanese teddy bear blasphemy case for example. A British teacher named a class teddy bear ‘Muhammed’ and was sentenced to 40 lashes for blasphemy, despite the fact a boy in her class chose to name the bear after himself. If you can be charged with blasphemy for your teddy bear sharing a name with the prophet, can you imagine how bad it would be for Lorenz Larkin to visit Somalia next week, after he has fought a man named Muhammed? Perhaps that’s why he comes across as particularly respectful to King Mo in this interview with MMA Beatdown radio.
“I look at it as more of an honor to even be able to fight Mo for title contention than me losing. To me, it is not a big deal if I was to lose because of what I came from compared to if he lost to me, it would be way worse on his part.”
Lorenz Larkin fights Mo Lawal at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Jardine on Showtime this Saturday but if you are unfamiliar with Lorenz Larkin then check out this video of he and LayzieTheSavage cutting weight prior to his fight with Nick Rossborough which resulted in Layzie suffering from nausea and sleep loss for two days. That’s dedication. [Source]