Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sacred Cows

"There is nothing sacred about traditional ignorance.." -Eric/RV

Knowledge of a matter displaces ignorance and fear (lack of knowledge).

Maintaining any traditional practice for no reason other than "tradition-sake" is not very progressive.

A System of Justice should become the new (first?) "African Traditional Religion" of mankind.

A tradition isn't sacred by virtue of its "traditional" practice.

It just might be an incorrect tradition.

Belief in the power of  "witchcraft" is traditional. Its superstition. Traditional reaction to it (i.e. kill the witch) is equally superstition.

However, this too is ignorance and non-just.

Make it a point to examine all traditions against the "gold-standard" of Justice.



What I Used To Know - Ghana







...to be continued


Monday, October 29, 2012

Insanity

IN a brief posting back in Dec. 2011, I made the following suggestion:

"Black people should immediately STOP ALL arguing and fighting, but especially over "religion."

Why? Because you really don't know much about the religion you claim, and you definitely don't want to waste valuable time and energy that would be better used in countering the strongest and most powerful religion in the world."

At the time, I kept the posting generic but I now realize that more specifics have to be provided.

Since around the time of that December posting, there have been almost a weekly bombing during church services in the country called Nigeria.

Don't believe me - google it.

Every Sunday, for almost 50 straight weeks, countless people have been killed while sitting through church services.

It is pretty pathetic, really.

Next year, in Birmingham, AL, they will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church where four little girls were killed Sunday morning, September 15, 1963.

In Nigeria this year, little girls and boys are being killed almost every Sunday - too many to even keep an accurate tally at this point.

Just yesterday, another 7 people were killed,  in church, in Nigeria.

So again I repeat, Black people all over the globe really need to put an immediate and permanent halt to any and all arguing, debating, and killing each other over the topic of religion.

...to be continued.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Romancing The Past

Everyone wants to bask in a romanticized and/or sanitized version of the past i.e. the "good 'ole' days"

Mountains and mountains of books, movies, college and high school textbooks all glorifying the past accomplishments of some people. Further, there are annual celebrations and reenactments, complete with costumes, regalia, and weaponry.

...like little children that refuse to grow up.

My studies of past events cannot pinpoint a particular time or place that could be considered just and correct.

Meaning, recorded history can not identify a previous condition of:

1. Balance between people,
2. Guaranteeing that no person is mistreated and,
3. Guaranteeing that the person who needs help the most, gets the most constructive help.

Sure, there are the much vaunted  "Golden Age of ______" or the idealized "Pax ______"  and the glorious "_________ Dynasty" but I submit that if any of them were ever "great", NONE of them were, or are, great enough.

The evidence speaks for itself as we do not currently exist in a just and correct world.

So what to do?

Make it your personal duty to stop glorifying the past and deal with today's myriad problems. The biggest now being the system of racism.

Yesteryear is prologue - we're center stage now - the production of Justice is the duty and quite possibly our very reason for existence.