A couple great minds over the past year have been reinforcing the necessity of knowledge of self to me. And not the cool packaged kind for $19.95, or whatever–no, real knowledge of self. The kind that only develops after innumerable hours of researching, dialogue, and reflection. These great minds took the time to remind me that other avenues taken in the interest of liberation have not worked, and are simply not the answers. And yet, these are the same avenues we continue to push for. Why?
Most teachers and leaders offer no truly sensible solutions, no new information, and no direction. The same propaganda has been promulgated for decades but has yet to bring about that highly sought after change. Followers are encouraged to listen, buy products and lend their support, yet they fail to help cultivate the seeds of critical thinking and objective analysis that lie dormant in most of our minds–rendering our conversations fruitless and actions futile at our own expense. Which in itself should make you question whose interests they are really serving.
The change that many of us are looking for cannot be made within this current system. It is against its very nature. This system is not one that respects humanity, it dehumanizes and devalues. Our worth is measured by what we have, not who we are. The solutions will come once we all achieve the same level of understanding of what it is we’re dealing with. Change has to be initiated from within each of us. But, we all have to collectively define what change that is–undefined goals are counterproductive. Until then, we will be trapped in this vicious cycle for generations to come.
Why is that the more expectations we place on our fellow man the more we are let down? This isn’t to say I put myself on some kind of pedastal, but hear me out…
In certain relationships, there exists a bond that is deeper than just mere emotional or sentimental attachment. A code of ethics, if you will. There are mutual expectations in order that all friends and associates adhere to and are expected to stand on. When everyone has this understanding, therein lies the foundation of their relationship. But, placing these expectations on our fellow man is very trivial. There is a saying that goes, “don’t put faith in man because you will be disappointed every time.” I find this to be quite interesting. I mean, I understood the truth in this statement the first time I heard, but until now, I hadn’t experienced it myself. We all have our role models or at least people in our lives that we hold in high regard. I feel this is natural. But, too often we are led to believe that these people are really someone they are not. The bottom line is, only a very small minority of people in your lifetime will stay true to themselves and to you. We can’t place high expectations on anyone for the simple fact that 9 out of 10 people will disappoint you. Even those that you THINK have proven themselves to you. It only takes one wrong move to destroy what years of camaraderie have built. We have to stay down and dilligent and be prepared for anything that comes our way. Expect the unexpected and know that the seemingly impossible is always possible.
Beautiful poem. I wish I could’ve watched this show while it was still on the air. Anyways, lend your ears as Black Ice delivers a smooth, insightful poem breaking down the struggles of the black community in America.
Learn the power of our most valuable weap0n; known to us as THE MIND!
It’s time that we, as a people, reassess our priorities and realize what’s really important.
What you perceive to be true will shape your thoughts, beliefs, actions, and ultimately…your reality.
First and foremost, please don’t let this man’s name fool you. He’s very articulate, educated, and well-versed in African history. He’s also one of the most wisest men that I’ve ever known. But, the fact he has the name he has and is currently serving a 37 year prison sentence tends to be a huge drawback for most people. I completely understand the humor one may find in it, but let’s overlook that for a minute. In this video, Lil Spank sends a message to the African-Americans in the urban communities of America insisting that they end the senseless violence and look at the bigger picture.
I’d also like to highlight some of this remarkable man’s accomplishments. He’s the first music artist ever to have launched their career while incarcerated. Not only that, but he also recorded his debut album, the appropriately-titled “Early Release” which you can buy anywhere online, from his prison cell and is in the process of recording his sophomore album, “Omerta”. He’s even gotten this album into RECORD STORES all over the country. He’s released several videos from inside his prison cell and even hosts a “P.O.W. Sessions” series on his YouTube channel in which he shares some of his philosophies, opinion, and wisdom. This is what Lucramotives is all about. If this man is able to accomplish all these things from inside of a Level 4 prison, what is your excuse for not following your dreams? This is the definition of inspiration.