Assurance Financial is co-sponsoring the first of many Men’s Breakfast. We will meet every 6 weeks to break bread and discuss the many facets of “Manhood”. Each of the men may invite young men 16 to 23 to join us and help us figure out a common definition of manhood. Our hopes are to assist all in attendance in living up to our individual potential by focusing on our individual purpose.
I am currently teaching the “Institutional racism” chapter in my Econ 4 class. Given my paradigm shift due to the recent National events, I find myself at a loss of lecture on the topic. I feel that institutions have been losing their grip on exclusivity. Not only has Barack Obama captured the Whitehouse by way of the American people’s hearts, but many have come before him in many different institutions. Many ethnicities are in controlling positions. Teachers on the ground floor like strict, stern and respected Ms. Love, my 6th grade teacher; Principals such as Lamond Preston; School Superintendent Dr. Billy Cannaday; Kenneth I. Chenault the CEO COB of American Express.
If we have opportunities to change the system from within, we must take that shot and only blame ourselves for not taking advantage if we fall short. All competitive environments have competitors, let’s compete. We have the opportunity to stay home and read our child a book, find teachers that care, send out children to historically Black colleges, start our own firms and hire our own people. There is no room to pout, doubt or shout. Only do, pursue and accrue. Where there are road blocks we need leaders with solutions and alternatives, but we also need soldiers 100% committed with no excuses. By creating our own destiny we strip the power of others to influence our heights. This is why my Black Hero of the month is Earvin Magic Johnson.
Magic has mastered the basketball court as well as the corporate board room. He has reinvested in and revitalized many Black communities by starting and attracting businesses to rejuvenate economic viability. Magic has been affected to action of providing employment for the people of the communities his businesses serve. Not only creating wealth for himself, but depositing a sense of accomplishment for others. He has taken an additional step by publishing a book “32 ways to be a champion in business” to inspire and instruct us on how to be greater assets to our communities. Once we free our own minds, there is no stopping us.
“The best way to be successful in anything you do is to always OVER-DELIVER on your promises.” Earvin Magic Johnson
Governments have been formed by man in order to control the natural and human resources of a stated geographical area. They are usually established by a very few members of a society and more times than not throughout history, have been constructed to inequitably benefit the few. Governments by nature of their creed work towards fewer and fewer Governments that manage an increasing quantity of resources; the ultimate of this ideology is Imperialism. Given this fact they tend to grow more complex as they evolve. The older the Government, the more complex it becomes.
The word tribe is an English word that is used to represent a Government that has a relatively small amount of geography, power and influence. Westerners tend to disregard any claims of sovereignty (Independence) by tribes. Tribes by nature do not quest to be the sole power of a growing geographical era or empire. Given this nature, tribes tend to grow in quantity and each limit patronage to a manageable quantity. Once a tribe grows beyond a sustainable capacity granted by the local resources, it splits. A new culture is adapted by the new tribe, creating more cultural distinctions and blood-lines than in a Governmental society that may be multicultural due to conquest. Conquest also provokes internal discrimination or stratosphering.
War for survival – Cultures that are rooted in Governmental philosophies tend to be large conquest societies that have grown by way of military dominance. They settle on land that is not theirs and force obedience of the natives (tribesmen) in an effort to grow their resources. Tribal cultures turn to war only when splitting does not resolve shortage issues. As the natural resources are diminishing, they turn to war. War is used as a last resort in both Governmental and Tribal societies. When there is no foreseeable understanding to be reached to resolve both sides quandaries amicably, war ensues. The question remains, how easy is it to get to that point. Governmental societies consider themselves “civilized” and refer to many tribal activities as “uncivilized” yet the resorting to war and barbarianism by one group more than the other is arguable. Historically tribal warfare turned more deadly and murderous once resources are overtaken by Governments. The Zulu Nation of East Africa changed the landscape of tribal warfare once they learned the concept of mass murder from the Europeans.
The nature of the Governmental society is more complex relative to Tribal societies. In order to effectively navigate in a Governmental society, an individual should be cognizant of pyramiding and stratosphering (see my article “Complex game of Chess”). The Tribal mindset has proven to be ineffective in a Governmental society. Current American Tribal mentalities can be found in concentration within inner cities and rural areas where the pursuit of upward mobility is evasive, and self destructive behavior is prevalent. Within this Governmental society we should all consider somehow moving new generations towards a healthy balance so they may effectively navigate among the masses in order to capture valuable assets that create freedom.
I was doing the most unthinkable, inappropriate thing with my assistant in my office the other day. We were talking about politics, religion and even a bit about sexuality. My boss already warned me once. But my assistant is very unique in her perspective. She is a stanch Obama supporter, with screen savers and photos of the Obama family at her desk. She is a “church going women” who loves her some Jesus.
We were discussing the Christian religion and all that makes it unique, the belief that Jesus was the “son” of God, who was persecuted on the cross and died for our sins. These two are the biggies… who rose from the dead and is to return to Earth to claim his children. I omitted the conversation about Mary being a virgin. So I asked her a huge question, and she did not hesitate to deny the inkling of the possibility.
The question was:
If Barack Obama called a press conference on the lawn of the Whitehouse and told the world that he is Jesus Christ, while making the entire Whitehouse levitate two feet off the ground would she believe that he was truly the “son” of God???
She could not wrap her head around that possibility, she was not prepared to fathom the possibility of her two most favorite people are one in the same. You have to admit, a Black man as President of the United States of America is about as close to walking on water as we may ever see in our lifetime. That dwarfs the slam dunk from the free throw line. I wonder, how much faith does it take “Christians”, let alone non-believers, to believe when that moment comes. I challenge you to seek a “believer” and ask them this very question. Come back to Jermaineharris.com and let us know if faith is just a word that people cling to for the sake of belonging to something greater than they, or if it is a personal spiritual conviction.