Looking Forward with Hope
A Vision Statement
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Since there is no need to re-invent the wheel, the already expressed and time proven principles:
“Communication - Cooperation - Collaboration” are what we all ought to do our best to facilitate.
“Communicate ... Cooperate ...Collaborate” As expressed by Dr. John Elliott Churchville “We each hold a piece to the puzzle,” should not require a rocket scientist or brain surgeon to understand.
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Moreover, the statement by Frederick Douglass “It is easier to build children than it is to repair men ” should not require an astrophysicist or neurosurgeon to comprehend.
Civility, hospitality and respect for human life (and even for the lives of the God's creatures in nature) were once major hallmarks of the Black community.
Generosity and a voracious appetite for education were trademark characteristics that then could be as closely associated with most Black people as the "golden arches" now are with McDonald's restaurants.
Empowered by the spirituality and vision of people of faith, the movement for Human Rights that sprung from the African American community has spread around the globe.
Walls of madness, greed and bigotry that divide members of the human family from other children of God are being torn down.
The impact has spread from Birmingham and Montgomery to Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, Berlin, Moscow and Beijing.
In the tradition of the ancestors, strong values and decency have been clearly articulated by the modern Human Rights movement.
An outstanding example is the message proclaimed by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr at the first mass meeting (5 December 1955) during the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.
HUMAN RIGHTS must be for ALL Human Beings or else we shall remain an endangered species.
"We need to understand each other's culture.
When we don't understand we fear and when we fear we begin to go our separate ways and that divides us.
We need to honor diversity and each other."
-- Pastor Ron Robinson,
(1947 - 2000)
24-7 Community Church,
(Grace Communion International), Newark, NJ
A Look at Our Times
The Human Rights activists and freedom fighters of the recent past (most of whom were young at the time), took a stand to liberate their own communities.
They asked hard questions and demanded intelligent answers.
Today a plague of violence afflicts many communities with perpetrators whose acts would make them excellent poster children for the Ku Klux Klan and skinheads.
The damages and toll of deaths and injuries inflicted on the populations of many nations by the words and actions of irresponsible public figures (masquerading as celebrities, entertainers and athletes) is on a scale matching that of such natural disasters as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and volcanoes. A disproportionate share of pain and suffering is hurled upon the very young and the aged - those least able to handle it.
"Thugocracy," "narcoticracy" and "morontocracy" are being foisted upon the public by some contemporary (or should it be contemptible) "entertainers."
(Apparently there are some people who have a vested interest in the perpetration and perpetuation of self-destructive attitudes and behavior in certain communities.)
Unfortunately far too many descendants of the people who first established education and civilization now reject and despise their own heritage.
(This is in spite of overwhelming documentation from genealogy, anthropology, DNA research, history and the records of the sacred scriptures of the three Abrahamic monotheistic religions in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic community.)
The Editor recently received an urgent plea for help from an educator in Africa seeking "materials, methodologies and [other] information to change the learning culture and environment" in a nation that once was famous for its educational excellence. Today, its educators are challenged by students who express the attitude "my parents didn't have it so I don't need it," and cry out for help to solve a "problem [that] is bigger than a simple lack of education." (Does anything sound familiar?)
People want constructive solutions and answers to the problems plaguing society today.
The Power of Words!
The impact of words (written, spoken and sung) is enormous.
With that reality comes responsibility for the consequences of what is uttered and that should be a very sobering thought.
You can't "un-ring" the bell!
Will history ultimately record that the human tongue is the deadliest weapon on the planet?
Those who consider themselves to be "children of Abraham" throughout the Judeo-Christian-Islamic community
should seriously consider the following references.
(It would not hurt for everyone else to at least give it some contemplation.)
James 3:5 -10
I Peter 3:10 -12
Some Sobering Thoughts For These Serious Times
Looking at the economy, the media, and the political scene, one may wonder:
Are we on the Titanic, the Lusitania or the Poseidon?
Or, are we, like in the days of Christopher Columbus, on a three ship trip?
"All media is educational.
The only question is: 'What does it teach?' "
(If you have any doubts, just watch and listen to your kids!)
("A teachable moment")
Still Hazardous To Your Health
"BWB" (Breathing While Black) In America!
Science (including genetics, anthropology, archeology and geology), history and the scriptures of the major monotheistic religions all agree that there is, after all, only one race - the HUMAN race.
We shall continue to remain focused on the resouces, concerns and issues of greatest benefit to our readers who come from more than 170 nations and who represent most of the families of humanity.
For the sake of our posterity, and our posteriors, we all should govern our lives accordingly.
On a planet one camel flatulence away from obliteration:
As the planet continues to plunge into more gruesome atrocities,
the time to heed Dr Martin Luther King's message is long overdue!
"The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
How much longer must we play at deadly war games before we heed the plaintive pleas of the unnumbered dead and maimed of past wars?
Why can't we at long last grow up, and take off our blindfolds, chart new courses, put our hands to the rudder and set sail for the distant destination, the port city of peace?"
(Dr Martin Luther King, Jr on 25 February 1967 in Los Angeles.)
Around the world we see dysfunctional households, domestic disputes, divided communities, international atrocities, acts of terrorism and genocide.
News reports constantly display reiterations of Jezebel and Ahab, Cain and Abel, Samson and Delilah as well as accounts of Hard Hearted Hannah and Hard Headed Homeboy.
("NOBODY wins when the prize is HATE!")
Dr Martin Luther King's "Dream" first came into public view when:
On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks remained seated so that we could all stand up.
WAKE UP AMERICA!
WAKE UP PLANET EARTH!!!
Your main problems are neither economic, sociological nor political.
They are spiritual!
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots!"
- Marcus Garvey
"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."
- Malcolm X
"What does it mean to love a people who have been taught to hate themselves?"
- Dr Cornell West
on Tavis Smiley Show
"I, for one, believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them
and the basic causes that produce it,
they'll create their own program,
and when the people create a program, you get action."
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrate it."
"We must work on . . . attacking the causes and healing the effects."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
- Dr Martin Luther King, Jr (1963)
"Living with ignorant people is very dangerous!"
- Amiri Baraka
(please see www.thepactthemovie.com)
(Please read in full context:
"When the student is ready
The teacher will arrive."
- West African proverb
(See also, Hosea 4:6, 1-6 and John 8:32, 30-32)
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge ...."
"ISHE OLUWA KOLEBA JEO"
The Work of God cannot be destroyed
It shall go on forever.
West African Proverb
(See Ecclesiastes 3:14)
How we respond to the needs of the family of humanity is a measure of our relationship with our Creator. -
Matthew 25:31 - 46)!
Stay connected, and in harmony, with our Creator
His Spirit will keep us United!
Understand the People -
The word Tahrir means liberation.
Lift Every Voice And Sing
Nkosi Sikelel' IAfrica
A Message For These Times
February 7, 2006
"Peace is possible when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable ( . . . )
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