I figured you of all people would understand HB,

Here's a little snippet of 'A Comparative History of World Philosophy' - Ben-Ami Scharfstein

This whole Chinese mode of thought, from which an omnipotent creator and lawgiver is excluded, construes nature, including humankind, as a web of forces in the changing rhythms of wich everything moves and flourishes or decays.

So respond within that scope.

If I look at African-American culture comprehensively then it easy for me to compare our culture to ancient African culture and infer that we are decaying.

But if I look at Blacks in America without the comparative commensuration, then I can see us flourishing in a social aestheticism that is unparalleled.
Decaying is a rather harsh term for it. It is a cycle of growth and recession. To really make the determination, we would have to have some idea of the possible lenght of the cycle.

And even then, not all things complicit in black culture would be on the same cycle. For instance, we may be on the increase fiscally (a rather slow cycle), but waning on spiritual cycle that is not as long and midway though some other cycle. There are a lot of cycles.

WHat cycles do you think would be involved in Black Culture?
Our culture has disolved. I'm only 35 but I can remember a time when there was unity and pride in the black community. I can remember a time when I could go around town for several days and not see a white face because black businesses flourished. There was a time when all I saw was natural hair.

There was no such thing as white people trying to get a taste of black culture. They stayed as far away from us and we stayed as far away from them. Black people used to make eye contact and smile at each other whether they knew each other or not. Black people used take turns kicking their childrens' asses if they were acting up in public. We took care of our own back in the day. But it seems that we only had unity and pride when oppression was obvious.

Now that the playing field has been made more level and blacks can enjoy more freedom instead of taking that freedom to empower themselves they use it to be jealous and envious towards each other. I'm all for freedom of expression but why do our black youth have to adopt and praise all of society's worst aspects?

What saddens me even more is when you have grown ass negroes that SHOULD know better yet they support all of this cultural decay.
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Originally posted by Wiz:
reality is not harsh, it simply 'is'.



We are resilient, resourceful, and creative. That much is for sure. Even today, I see so much creativity among us and so much potential.

Yeah I know that people knock the obvious - the worst creative expression that everyone can see ... and I'm not defending any of it. But even the worst does not negate the tremendous good that I also see when I bother to look for it. Yes it takes more effort to find. But it is there. It is a sign of cultural health.

In these ways, we are flourishing.

But I think that we have failed miserably to harness those good things and to make use of them for our own benefit. We'd rather complain about hip hop. Related to this, IMO our social cohesion and self concept as a people are shot to hell. And though we are good at surviving, too many of us have mistaken surviving for living.

JMHO of course.
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
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Originally posted by Wiz:
reality is not harsh, it simply 'is'.



We are resilient, resourceful, and creative. That much is for sure. Even today, I see so much creativity among us and so much potential.

Yeah I know that people knock the obvious - the worst creative expression that everyone can see ... and I'm not defending any of it. But even the worst does not negate the tremendous good that I also see when I bother to look for it. Yes it takes more effort to find. But it is there. It is a sign of cultural health.

In these ways, we are flourishing.

But I think that we have failed miserably to harness those good things and to make use of them for our own benefit. We'd rather complain about hip hop. Related to this, IMO our social cohesion and self concept as a people are shot to hell. And though we are good at surviving, too many of us have mistaken surviving for living.

JMHO of course.


I'd agree with that...

There are places where I see us flourishing...and there are other places where....well....you know the rest.

But like you, I have the hope...each time I watch these kids "get it" when learning something new, I think that we are going to be in good hands. When I see them make the choices to do something productive, versus something that could get them into trouble...again, I don't worry about their futures.

HowEver, it's the grown folks that get me...grown folks can do a LOT better...It's an ever shrinking pool of people who think positively and who are intent upon enjoying life, rather than destroying it.

"Wisdom Is A Reflective Woman!"

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