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WORDS

This particular topic has been swirling around in my mind for years and now I feel that the time has arrived for me to finally speak on it. As you can see, the title to this piece is (WORDS) and I’m going to speak about the power that people give them.. What exactly are words except a means of which we communicate and interact with one another for whatever the purpose may be. They are fundamental and primarily essential  to our understanding and learning but otherwise are not relevant…However, there are those people in the world who understand the power that words can have and will not hesitate to use them as a tool to divide, control, manipulate and exploit… So Beware!
Now, the words that I want to talk about at this time are those that are used for the sole purpose of hurting people or to elicit deep pain… Words that are intended to dehumanize, marginalize, denigrate, demean, humiliate, belittle another person.. Words like nigger, cracker, coon, honky, wetback, chink, monkey, faggot, queer and etcetra…. These are the words that most often times than not folks allow themselves to be stricken by only because they give these otherwise meaningless words power when they don’t actually have any.. That’s right, I said it; Words have absolutely no power whatsoever unless you give them power…
What are they really except a bunch of letters strung together that we have assigned a definition to. I mean, you can’t actually physically take them in your hand and cause someone grave bodily harm as you can some object such as a rock, stick, knife, gun or whatever now can you? However,  for some inexplicable reason that is far beyond my comprehension, folks get all emotionally worked up over some words that some ignorant folks verbally hurl at them.. It’s no wonder this world is so screwed up..Let’s take these following words for example (nigger, niggers, nigga, and niggas) which carry a very distinct and demonstrative history of racism, hatred, bigotry, ignorance and violence intended to demean and destroy the spirit of Black folks. At the time it served it’s purpose cause black folks just had to accept what white folks and others were dishing out. They would string our asses up from a tree if we ignored them back then but it ain’t like that now so these so-called offensive words only have the power to inflict hurt and pain if we allow them to.
Let me share something with you; I had this  instance where this white guy said ( yo mama) to me in an attempt to get under my skin. Really? I felt that it was very comical and I was a little surprised given the fact that he had to be at least  in his fifties. I mean c’mon man ( yo mama), I’m sixty-two and I haven’t heard that since grade school….Consequentially I thought it was ignorant and childish and replied to him (was that the best that he could do) and I guess next he was going to call me a nigger? The situation could have escalated if I had engaged him but I would not and refused to give him power by the mere use of a few words. Those words he shot at me were  blanks and had absolutely no power to inflict damage.. I basically rendered them  and him, powerless. The dude had nothing else in his arsenal and that was that!
Man listen up, folks need to develop some thick skin and stop being so sensitive about meaningless crap and learn how to deflect that nonsense because at the end of the day, that is exactly what it amounts to, nonsense!!! There are far to many things of greater importance than folks allowing themselves to be a slave to a word… Really? Once you have shown anyone that they can get under your skin by the mere use of a word or words, you no longer have power or control.. It is important to your well-being and state of mind to take control of what you allow to get inside of your head folks and what you are reactive too.. I know it’s a difficult challenge but I have to ask; Would you want to have power over yourself or concede that power to someone else?
Whenever you react emotionally you are completely powerless and you are now easily manipulated by a couple of meaningless words that someone hurls your way.. Yeah, I know that there are those folks who will disagree and talk about the history and what black folks had to endure. Believe me when I tell you this, we aren’t the only people on the face of the planet who have had to endure persecution, pain, suffering and hardship. You can be sure of one damn thing and that is we won’t be the last and as long as folks allow the history of the word nigger to enslave them to that past, that’s exactly where they will remain. Listen up when I tell you this, it will serve you well to just let go of some history, otherwise you will never be able to move forward…Don’t allow a meaningless string of letters define who you are or control you my brothers and sisters…That’s all I’m saying..
Now some of ya’ll might get offended by this statement but; It’s time for those of you who are offended being called niggers, crackers,  faggots and whatever to move on ..Let it go so you can grow…
Just thought I’d throw that in there atcha so don’t take it personal… 
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Brevity and Vicissitudes

Hello and blessings to all. Let’s talk about the one thought I’m fairly certain that most of us at one time or another have had regardless of how long we may have been on this planet..and that is….
There just never seems to be enough allotted time and life as a lot of folks will say, is simply much too short. This is called brevity and we all can most definitely attest to its ups and downs which creates a perpetual ebb and flow of uncertainty and constant challenges which are vicissitudes.. Yeah, these are just two words out of many that most of us will never use or even know.  However, these two words sort of sum up life’s mortality, unpredictability and all that encapsulates it.
If we take some time to reflect and conduct a little research we will most assuredly learn that almost all forms of life in this world has been subject to these words ( brevity and vicissitudes). They are very profound, poignant and are applicable to generation after generation after generation of human life and it’s evolution. Always have been and always will be which brings me to my next point of how ( in our desire and quest for advancement, wealth and power) we have ever so gradually moved away from simplicity into a realm of complication..
We have neglected what is most valuable in life and that is the preservation and caring for each other and all life…We  are no longer concerned with the welfare of the community as we have allowed the foundation of this much needed entity to erode and damn near evaporate..We have transitioned far away from those basic customs that were a common practice of our timeless progenitors (ancient ancestors) and have become much too consumed with self-gratification and pretentiousness to name a few. We are prone to self-righteousness and hypocrisy, quick to ostracize others for their flaws and what we may define as transgressions and giving no acknowledgement to our own. (Premature judgement and condemnation)
We aspire for and hope to achieve false images of success and worthiness that are dictated from a hierarchy of rapaciousness and exploitation.. We have become blinded by the promise of deceivers and misled through their well orchestrated propaganda.. Some of us are able to eventually see through the smoke and mirrors while others continue to follow, but has it come too late?
What monster are we fighting here and is it too formidable of an adversary to defeat? Well, this is where brevity and vicissitudes come into play..The monster is us and as we continue to feed it so does it continue to thrive and dominate our lives..Life is so short and we will experience various pitfalls and disappointments along the way, but by the time we figure it out, our time on this planet is just about up. So, we waste opportunity after opportunity to get it right, we complain while some never get the opportunities at all… We are profligate in our behavior on earth and the eviction notice will be served eventually. It’s only a matter of time which of course is something that we never have enough of.. Hence, we indulge ourselves in moments of retrospect and the one thought that always seems to be shared by many is ( if only I had known back then, what I know now), what a different life it would have been…. I have said this to myself over and over and I have asked myself (why did it take me so long to learn about myself, about others and about life)?  WHY? To this day, I still don’t have an exact answer but I believe that my life was what it was in order for me to be where and who I am today. I learned that with the brevity and vicissitudes of life that time is of the essence and the trials and tribulations are necessary for internal growth and that expectations are never guaranteed..(There is however one exception and that is (We can expect time to expire for all of us)!!!
Let me close by saying;
Take the time to educate yourself, to learn about yourself and to learn about other people and to discover what is important to you in life. Don’t waste your life away procrastinating or engaging in wishful thinking.. Stop hoping for some miraculous act or divine intervention ..I urge you to get it done while you still have the time!!! The bottom line here is to follow your own heart and pursue your own dreams because life is much too short and unpredictable to follow those of others…
Do this before there are no more tick tocks on the clock… Time is of the essence!
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The Face of Hypocrisy, Ignorance and Denial (a pale-skinned man)

Welcome, you have now stepped into the realm of truth and hopefully you will enjoy the read and become another enlightened soul…

Human values are the principles, standards, convictions and beliefs that people adopt as their guidelines in daily activities. Principal human values are the foundation on which professional ethics are built. They are a set of consistent measures and behaviors that individuals choose to practice in the pursuit of doing what is right or what is expected of them in a humane society. Most laws and legislation are shaped by human values. If a country professes freedom, equality and justice for all as well as high moral family values then the leader of this country should embrace and reflect those same principles and values…

Now I for one am extremely aware of the pervasive and ubiquitous nature of hypocrisy in the makeup of our species and our society… I am aware of how it courses through the arteries of  the most unaltruistic of our kind and lends itself to malevolent folks who promulgate self-serving agendas.  I also understand completely how the process/action which is not seen (thought) allows compromise to maneuver and manipulate many people’s sense of values and principles which in turn open the door for hypocrisy to take root and flourish..If we paid closer attention to the behavior and actions (not rhetoric) of  said folks who demand our steadfast adherence to these fundamental values/principles we would acknowledge their blatant hypocritical posturing and require the same of them. Unless of course we choose to be swept up in a wave of ignorance and denial ourselves for whatever reasons…Which of course is exactly what the trumpeteers have elected to do!!
Pervasive describes things that spread through a place to become established everywhere.
Ubiquitous describes things that are everywhere in a place because it is the nature of that place to have those ubiquitous things.
You see, hypocrisy begins to spread throughout a place if left unchecked or unchallenged and if not brought to the forefront, it will inevitably become established and rooted there.. Once this has transpired, it is now pervasive and ubiquitous (everywhere) becoming the nature of  the place and those nefarious things (people) that inhabit it. So now, Let us just take a moment here for just a tad bit of retrospection (reflection or reviewing past events or situations).
I heard a pale skinned man say that ( if elected to the highest office in this land) that he would build a great wall on his country’s border to prevent Mexican immigrants from entering his country and that Mexico would pay for the construction of that wall.
I heard a pale skinned man claim that he would make his country (America) great again.
I heard a pale skinned man boast of how  wealthy he is and how he used a system to write off debts that in turn exempted him from certain tax obligations.
I heard a pale-skinned man say that he would not turn over his tax returns  for review (why not, if there is nothing to hide)? Me thinks that there is….
I heard this pale-skinned man say that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act that provides health insurance coverage for over 30 million Americans (no replacement mind you).
I heard a pale-skinned man say that when you are a star, that they (woman) let you do anything.(Grab them by the pussy, you can do anything). WTF, Is this what you want your daughters to hear spewing from the mouth of a person she is supposed to respect and admire…Really?  
I heard this pale skinned man incite and welcome violence with his careless rhetoric and then when someone acts on it, he denies any culpability.. He will later claim that his remarks were taken out of context, misconstrued and that it wasn’t what he meant.
I heard this pale-skinned man invite Russia to hack his rival, Hillary Clinton’s e-mails..
There is so much more that this pale-skinned man has said but I think you kinda get my drift. This type of irresponsible rhetoric and unacceptable behavior was consistently displayed throughout his campaign and only mildly criticized which would indicate a clearly he is mentally unfit for the office and definitely is someone who is not to be trusted… yet, he was elected. Of course the Republican party had no comments…No backbones!! Why? Well you know “Birds of a feather flock together”!!
Somehow, we have allowed exception to the rule and lowered the bar for this asinine and classless pale-skinned man where others would have been ostracized, repudiated and lambasted for the same.. Make no doubt about it, if it were President O’Bama, he would have been .. So, one would most surely ask, why was this buffoon given a pass? Here in lies the old familiar ally of pale-skinned people (double standard ). How is it possible that a man who not only demonstrates a low level of IQ, an incompetent level of articulation, an extremely shallow tolerance for criticism (thin skin), has consistently made disparaging, disrespectful, demeaning and hateful remarks about other human beings and is completely unapologetic for it, be elected POTUS? This is a man who is void of integrity, principles and moral ethics, all of which would have been a prerequisite for anyone else seeking the office…
There is this old adage about the fruit not falling far from the tree that bears it and that would definitely apply here. So, allow me to give ya’ll a synopsis of their history…You see although you will not find this taught in any conventional schools (and most pale-skinned folks will vehemently deny it),  but the majority of the first pale-skinned people of Europe that came to the Americas were of a trash class completely void of any decency, values or principles as were the so-called elite class  who weren’t any different. They just had money, power and influence but still carried the same stench! All of England was rife with poverty so the Crown as well as other nobles wanted to rid the country of this heavy burden and ship them off to the Americas under the guise of indentured servitude (slaves)..
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Conquering the Obstacle (Fear)

Welcome, this truth should speak to the hearts and souls of all people but mainly to my dark-skinned brothers and sisters with whom I hope my words will resonate deeply with..

The greatest hindrance to any one person being able to pursue aspirations and succeeding in life aside from those obstacles that have been systematically placed in their pathway is the propensity for procrastination, a lack of faith in our ability and fear. Of course I’m not referring to those folks who may have some form of physical or mental disabilities that may or may not be an impediment, but primarily to those of us who are in complete control of all of our faculties. I thoroughly understand what the ramifications and impacts of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, discrimination, sexism, injustice and other forms of practiced oppression may have on a person’s psyche. I get it, but in this country does it determine who we are and where we go in life? If not, then why on earth do so many of us settle for it?

Being excluded from having the same opportunities and privilege is a major disadvantage and in many respects has been a common practice of the people in power over those that they fear and oppress. Yes, I said fear because that is exactly what lays at the core for their oppression. They are extremely fearful of the dark-skinned people in this country and throughout the world, otherwise they wouldn’t feel the necessity to oppress any human especially those that they think they are superior to.  So, I ask you, who is the real inferior human on earth? The pale skinned people’s fear is a natural fear that resides in their DNA and is compounded by the hateful bigoted and racist rhetoric that they are fed… The dark-skinned people’s fear has come from centuries of enslavement, cruel and vicious acts of murder, castration, burnings, bombings, hangings, rape, mutilation, false imprisonment and beatings as well as a perpetual stream of mis-information to instill in us a sense of docility and inferiority.. Today we can refer to this type of behavior as terrorism!!!!

Now with that said, should a person accept a place in life that has been determined for him or her by others? Should the promulgation and diffusion of tactics or methods such as marginalization, demoralization, degradation and blatant humiliation that are intended to stifle our progress and shatter our image of self and destroy ones will be enough to strike in one an insurmountable fear? Should they?

I for one,  say no it should not, but it certainly has achieved overwhelming success in effecting the psyche of many. Personally, I have refused to acknowledge or accept this as an excuse.. Of course I have experienced a great deal of fear and self-doubt in my years but I had to learn how to be determined and how to not let this be a hindrance. Yes, as I gaze around, I fully understand and somewhat over-stand that basically everything that I see is predominantly controlled and provided by the pale skinned Euro/American people. This is what I see but it is not the way that I live. I, a fifth generation African (Akan/Temne) American and is the direct descendant of slaves in this country has not allowed myself to be conquered by this overwhelming and unjust reality..

What has transpired in this country against my people ( and others) then and now only stirs up inside of me a tenacious fire to persevere and excel.  My fire is no different from your fire. The only exception is that I channel my fire in a more satisfying and productive way. Can you imagine the impact that you could have on your life and others by just re-examining your priorities and channeling your fire (anger) in a more productive capacity? We constantly become snared by the pale skinned people’s traps and we haven’t learned how to avoid them.. We have allowed these people to dictate the narrative of who and what we are as well as who and what we are not. Along the way we have become much too fearful and skeptical of what we are capable of achieving and have failed to tap into our tenacious fire… This fire has burned in the souls of our ancestors throughout antiquity and over the last few centuries has enabled us to persevere and endure the harshest of cruelties and atrocities.. There has been far too much pain and suffering and inequality…

Wow, it is utterly amazing that we are still here which is in and of itself a true testament to that perseverance and fire that I am speaking of.. Now you know what you possess inside and what you are dealing with.

There are many, many obstacles in life that we must overcome and yes it can be a daunting challenge… So my brothers and sisters I ask , is the real obstacle you and if so, then is it fair to say that the real conqueror is also you?

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Reaping Time

I have come to the conclusion that humankind’s seeds of iniquity have sown far too much greed, hate and evil for us to overcome. Humans have (since our existence on this planet) always launched campaigns of war and terror upon other humans primarily for the accumulation of wealth, power and dominance and has continued to fail miserably at battling our real adversary. This unseen but ever-present force has become the bedfellow or handmaiden of many a man and many a woman or maybe vice versa as far back as we can date the interaction between our species… 

This is the force of evil!!!!

It does us no genuine good whatsoever to immerse ourselves in contrived institutions of law, justice, democracy, churches and religions if our actions are contrary to their fundamental principles and values. We clothed ourselves in the fabric of virtue and a prestigious constitution supposedly anchored in integrity.. We stand behind proclamations of falsehood and empty promises that have delivered absolutely nothing except destruction and despair. Hey, if you don’t believe me, just ask any Native Indigenous American, any former British or African slave ( if you can find any).. Maybe you’ll have some luck with the descendants of the Irish slaves, who are referred to as Redlegs and currently reside in a poor run down section in Barbados.. I have read though that they have a very nasty temperament and aren’t too hospitable.. ( Hmm, I wonder why)..

For anyone person who vociferously advocates that these tenets are a testament to who we are as a country denotes a degree of ignorance, hypocrisy, malice or just a cold and callous audaciousness. These institutions have been established to mask the real intent and evil that lurks in the minds and hearts of people…Wolves in sheep clothing!!!

This evil presence dwells in the hearts and palaces of monarchs, despots, aristocrats and many a proletariat. The annals of history attests to that narrative and reveals to us the great civilizations that have risen to enormous heights of wealth, power and dominance and have  all crumbled down on their corrupted foundations.. This country and others will not be any different because of the manner in which it’s wealth,  power and dominance has been realized…Whenever a thing is acquired by exploitation, connivance or the spilling of blood from another so shall that thing be taken back and so shall their blood be shed!!!

If you live by the sword so shall you perish by the sword. Let’s not make no mistake about it,  it will eventually make its way onto our doorstep .. It is resolute as it is inevitable and it is a historical fact.. The pendulum swings both ways and we shall always reap what we have sown. The presence of evil and discourse disrupts the natural order of life, nature and the universe.

Mankind is a peculiar animal who continuously fails to acknowledge his history in the world as well as the errors of his ways. It is only just that we will never, ever realize our full potential. We undoubtedly can’t seem to get it so, because of our stubborn, egotistical, manipulative and greedy nature, we will be stuck in this cycle of perpetual evil …We must take the blinders off! 

The world is becoming a very dark place..Somebody better turn on the lights!!

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Building walls will not insulate us from the evil that is so pervasive throughout the world and is also rooted and thriving here…It arrived and was sowed by the British colonial immigrants who claimed to be christians  performing the will of their so-called God….

Perceptions Influences Perspectives

I know that a lot of folks will read this and find issue with it.. That’s understandable because I am challenging everything that you perceive and believe to be true in addition to how you perceive yourself and others to be. We have become so ingrained in certain teachings that we dear not consider the possibilities of those teachings to be incorrect and definitely not contrived. I would like you to take a moment to just consider who you are as well as what and how you think and how that has manifested into what and who you believe you are today.
My perceptions do influence my perspective and I attempt to look at things in a more abstract context. This allows me to form my views far outside the conventional school of methodology and thought. What we are is not necessarily who we are and vise versa.. What if we are just extensions of an intelligent consciousness that requires a physical state in order to exist? An intelligent matter that has designed not only the universe but everything that exists in it. Yeah, I know sounds unbelievable. Not nearly as much as the story of some white man with long  flowing white hair and beard who has been cast as the divine creator of all there is…If you can believe that well, surely you can entertain my theory!!!
So it is written that; In the beginning  God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void;  and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters… And God said, let there be light and there was light…Hmmm, I guess that would depend on what a so-called God is…
So, how do I perceive this and what is the perspective that I have?  Well, initially just like most people I suppose, I was taught that there was this divine God being who created the earth and every form of life that inhabits it… Consequently, my perception was dramatically influenced by what I was taught and the depictions of a  God that I was shown resulted in giving me a perspective (view) that was obscured and incorrect from these teachings… So, the question is; why was this done? The answer I believe that it was simply done as an effort to explain our presence here in a manner that we could relate too.It was considered blasphemous (and still is) to even think about questioning this myth..I decided to extricate my mind from the religions and their zealots, the so-called theologian scholars who are the conveyors of lies and deception and the purveyors of a manufactured creation story..I will seek to develop my own perceptions and my own perspective….I will question the story and those who continue to promulgate it..

Perspective is a point of view, perception is what you interpret. Perspective is an evaluation or analysis of something. It takes into account a belief system as well as what is taken in by the senses.

Perception is what you interpret from your five senses, touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste. Perception is the process of attaining awareness or understanding of sensory information.

I especially like the last part: the process of attaining awareness or understanding of (SENSORY) information. How many times have you had a gut feeling about something, ignored it and in retrospect said man I knew I should have listened to my gut? How often have you felt pressured into doing something  that you didn’t want to do and regretted it afterwards? Our senses alert us of danger or when something just isn’t right but we continue to either ignore them, deny them and never challenge anything and then we capitulate.. Why? What are we so afraid of? Answer; Criticism and Ostracism.. Very powerful weapons!

 

We human beings are all the same and for the most part that is true to an extent, as it relates to the us as a  species. Most of us share the 5 basic senses that we are born with; (smell, taste, sight, hearing, touch) and maybe a sixth; intuition. The latter being the one we often times fail to acknowledge..
Some other commonalities are more or less character traits  that are written in our DNA and others are what we develop or pick up along the way. The list is somewhat extensive; for example, anger, fear, strength, passivity, aggression, assertiveness, compassion, empathy, greed, hate, hypocrisy, deceit, jealousy, envy, lust, patience, impatience just to name of few. Whether good or bad, the behavior is more than likely to have a huge impact on our lives as well as others who are in our circle…
We also have a need to be loved and appreciated, a need for attention and recognition, a need to belong or accepted, some of us are self motivated, some not, some have aspirations, some just hope…I feel that because of the enormity of the needs, they tend to place us in an extremely vulnerable position where we find ourselves most often making compromises or unhealthy decisions just to address the needs. Or we find ourselves shackled to the ideologies and dogma of a society and system that uses us like slaves….

Dogma;  An authoritative principle, belief or statement of opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true regardless of evidence, or without evidence to support it.

Ideology; Doctrine, philosophy, body of beliefs or principles belonging to an individual or group.  Continue reading Perceptions Influences Perspectives