Ralph Ellison wrote the book “Invisible Man” in 1952. He was an African American writing about a young black man and his experiences during that time. He begins with these powerful lines: “I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids–and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. . . That invisibility . . . occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact.”
Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den for his strong conviction that the God of Israel is the one who turned the lights on and will be the one to turn the lights off. Everything or everyone else that pawns themselves off as God is nothing but a cheap substitute. By doing so Daniel’s actions started to open the eyes of those tied to this drama. Then they saw God’s display of power as Daniel came out without a scratch. The peculiar disposition of the eyes of King Darius was never the same.
By not going along with the program of the world and being willing to suffer even to the point of death, Daniel showed to the world that “the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.” (I Corinthians 1:25)