This posting is the second of my comments as I read the book Yurugu by Dr. Marimba Ani. I will try really hard to make sure to point out statements/facts/theory as narrated through the author in the book. But as you read this posting; you’ll probably realize I’ve learned much from the publication… and will make my own ideological comments freely.
Under the heading “Humanness”; the author provides a critique and comparisons for how the single-souled being called Yurugu defines humanity (or lack of it)… and how a true AfroCentric identifies Beings as human.
Quickly, I want to list a few terms so that the reader of this posting can discern some of my personal narrative terms:
AfRaKan World View = the ancient consciousness of the original pherSuns of the Earth on how things were created and how things are.
AfroWorldView = the modern Pan AfRaKan consciousness on how things are evolving.
AfroCentric = an AfRaKan World View that can be active in anyone whose thoughts are centered around the ancient AfRaKan World View, in most instances using de-colonized mindsets;
Modern-Western World View = the imperialistic views of EuroAsians and EuroAmericans that include early capitalistic colonization efforts and continues today.
Yurugu = the being the book is named for describing people who lack wholeness and balance due to their single-souled disability.
The book makes it clear to me that humanness involves a cosmic interrelationship formed between a self connection to the universe within unified and organic wholeness.
The author makes a determination that both ancient “African and Native American” world views prescribed to a cosmic-humanness connection… with expanding relationships to Mother Earth’s natural environment. My intuition tells me the Native American perceptions of universal wholeness come from the ancient AfRaKans who civilized MesoAmerica… such as the Olmec.
But even for less spiritual beings; the requirement of having a connection of one’s natural environment to the cosmic universe presents a very wide range of view for many. Some who call themselves “human”, have a hard time living in harmony with their natural environment… let alone connecting with the stars and beyond. I remember the artificial-intelligence character in the movie “Matrix” telling the character Morpheus something on the lines “… a virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer to this planet…” Unfortunately, I have to agree with that movie character. Most humans act as parasites upon their own environments… destroying everything they touch.
So that I acknowledge:
Indeed a world-view on how the physical, mental and spiritual connect between nature and the cosmos is not just a requirement for being human; but is part of what makes the human whole.
But the character in the book Yurugu, embraces an illusion of “single-self isolation” as his choice of “superior way of living.” However, this “way of living” retards instances of spirituality… thus making Yurugu fiercely competitive, aggressive and an efficient technocrat.
The author is great at explaining how modern-western thinking confuses spirit with the mind. And while left-hemisphere of the brain thinking is preferred by Yurugu; empathy and sensitivities generated by the right-side are suppressed by him. In this way, Yurugu is believed to have created a “mind-spirit” way of thinking that he can control in a way to keep himself separated from his environment and the cosmos. The mind-spirit is encouraged to be non-feeling… keeping emotions out of “cognitive thought.” Because, again, it is considered “supreme” by modern-western thinkers to always be in control.
The Monolithic Man
The book describes Yurugu as the monolithic-man. Where his artificial social constructs are always just a linear-thinking illusion. No matter how much Yurugu wants control over his mind-spirit for power… the result will never be a real lived experience. The monolithic-man is a single-dimensional thinking being; like Yurugu’s single-soul dilemma. Within the monolithic existence, only single tasks can be handled at a time. But real world situations require multi-dimensional responses. The monolithic man can only see what is right in front of his mental view. He can Not consider a situation in its wholeness. But still, Yurugu’s goal is to convince others that monolithic thought models are best. Which results in a group of retarded thinking individuals trying to run the world.
However, in a AfroCentric world-view; humans are raised and trained to see 360-degrees of all situations. AfroCentric thinking humans fully innerstand the wholeness that comes with life; and why balanced living is a reality. Multi-dimensional thinkers don’t associate people with numbers and linear equations that only benefit the few.
In the book, Yurugu is skillful at impressing monolithic models into his literature. He plans his society around it for efficient control of modern-western mindsets. Ancient AfRaKan cultures used symbolism to express multi-dimensional thought of both natural and cosmic connections for communication. The book mentions one such form of communication expression known today as the MDW NTR. MDW can be translated into the term “WORD “ and NTR is known to be a very special aspect of nature. Again, NTR isn’t directly translated to the term nature as most understand it. NTR is a natural instance of what is physical on Earth; and what is meta-physical in the cosmos.
As explained in the book, MDW NTR brings universal truths to AfroCentric thinking that is outside of linear thought. Such that, the author suggests modern-western thinkers believed the MDW NTR too simplistic to actually represent a form of high civilization communication. However, it turns out that the MDW NTR has never been… and never will be fully translatable to linear-thinking individuals. Instead, MDW NTR was for use in the mystery schools of students and scholars dedicated to a commitment of multi-dimensional world-views. And in many cases, it seems MDW NTR was restricted to a symbolic communication method to prevent it from the limitations of linear thinking. It is considered sacred for its connection to nature and the cosmos because its unique format is selectively comprehensive of symbolism that communicates both physical and metaphysical aspects.
When modern-western scholars began to create literature to describe their spirit-mind instances; they called them “sacred scriptures.” But the modern-western literature is written using linear thought aspects. During early western civilizations, a literate person who could read and write the monolithic-wording was considered to have a high level of intellect. And thus modern-western scholars were able to control the thoughts of the illiterate using the “sacred scriptures”; and force their EuroAsian narrative of the creation stories on any group of people they colonized.
Because Yurugu is a single-souled entity; his lack of wholeness doesn’t allow him to foster a complete perspective on divine communication. His monolithic-literature addresses spirituality with connections to power and control. Therefore, the modern-western scriptures need to derive truth through logic as a substitute for the lack of truly connected spirituality.
Again, logic for relational thinking; (past, present and future) is maintained on a linear time line. Linear thoughts manifest anxiety of the unknown with its illusion of length without depth or expansion. And unlike with true spirituality; Yurugu uses science, theory and predictions to explain away anything that doesn’t align with his logic. For Yurugu, science is God. And the term meta-physics is used to dismiss anything Yurugu can’t show evidence for. Or anything his linear thinking can’t explain.
Logical thinking world-view uses “either/or” to address situations. But AfroCentric world thinking allows for seeing things “apart and united” at the same time. My guess is… this is why so many AfroAmericans find it hard to embrace “the one and the many” concept… where every single black life matters along with the importance of the collective black lives matter movement. The author describes how wholeness-humanity embraces both unity and diversity… at the same time. I gnow that, many problems in our community today could be solved by persons agreeing to a one-to-many-unity-diversity model to make decisions.
Who Are The Humans?
Again, the book explains the AfRaKan World-View presents a more multi-dimensional explanation of who, where, when and how human we are.
AfRaKan ancestors live in the present…because their descendants are the ancestor’s future.
We are our ancestor’s future realized. We are “reality.” And there is nothing linear about that. The author mentions the Akan people describe… to be human is to encapsulate a spirit. To the Akan, our ancestors are Not Gods. But spiritual extensions of the evolving pherSuns we are.
Within the AfroWorldView, wholeness, full spiritual integration and organic associations bring about harmonious interrelationships. This way of thinking is comprehensive… as opposed to the linear thoughts we are trained for.
By way of industrialization, modern-western EuroAsians are constantly trying to find ways to make themselves independent of nature and the spirit of connecting with it. Such that if Yurugu can’t find personal purpose in nature; he dismisses it as unnecessary. This makes it easy for Yurugu to kill, steal and destroy anything he wants in nature. And this monolithic model of progress has built a power state throughout the world where human problems are solved by eliminating natural spirit.
But in the AfroWorldView; spirit is primary. With spirit being first in our lives, it is impossible to obsess with science and logic to embrace mental control and physical objectivity. In an AfroCentric perspective; nothing exists without spirit first. And AfroCentric thinkers refuse to objectify nature for the sake of science.
For protection from scrutiny, modern-western theology will rationalize universal thought models as “profane.” The book describes how Yurugu has built a hierarchy of man-made entities that look down on nature. When in actually, nothing man-made survives nature’s forces. And when nature’s forces retaliates against modern-western industrialization; Yurugu finds himself yet again at war with his environment. So that, Yurugu’s spirit-mind-control-religions have relegated him spiritually homeless. And he finds himself with no peace for his single-soul… due to all the discourse he creates with nature and the spiritual-universe.
Lost Culture Lost Reality
The book mentions the dangers to humanity when a soul entirely looses its ancient organic culture. As with modern-western colonization, culture of the captives is discounted and taken away. When this happens, the reality of the captive’s humanity is also diminished. A people without their organic culture… is a people living a illusion of reality. And no matter how hard a colonized captive tries to integrate into some other culture; their spiritual identity is lost. Lost organic culture limits community cohesiveness because the participants can’t remember who they are; and what they are suppose to be doing.
United States integration efforts have many AfroAmericans living in a state of bi-polar societal dysfunction. The book mentions Afrikans find themselves failing to keep their intellectual modern-western world views from conflicting with their highly sensitive emotional realities. It is obvious to me that Today, many AfroAmericans are mostly focused on a culture designed around materialism. Against AfroCentric world views; materialism is objectification of nature and the universe.
The author is great about describing how modern-western thought models are good at making aggression look like defense; oppression look like freedom; and cultural imperialism look like enlightenment. With the help of mainstream media and sorted religious organization… the modern-western world-view can be described as “ritual drama”… where reality is redefined for a specific reason, at a specific time, for a specific purpose.
Whereas in the AfroCentric world-view, true events are assimilated, validated and corroborated. Not redefined as needed.
Yurugu’s single-souled, monolithic, linear-thinking, keeps the polar hemispheres of his brain agonizing against each other. This prevents true higher cognitive thought when the connecting body between the left-right brain (corpus callosum) is Not in balanced communication.
AfroCentric twin-soul wholeness allows for communications between nature and the universe. With the left-side of the brain supporting analytical thinking; the right-side provides intuitive energies. The right-side brain is affectionately called the “God Language” by AfroBeings.
I absolutely love how the author explains the Matriarchal consciousness as the primal world-view of the original people. She writes how:
–moon spirit is linked to moon time which is grounded in natural cyclical rhythms;
–intuition births creativity and ideas… Not a need to will oneself to develop something;
-matriarchal consciousness embraces natural processing for evolution of change and transformation;
-and how matriarchal consciousness embraces growth in the still darkness of the womb where things evolve supported by nurturing.
The book describes, patriarchal consciousness as associated with the “daylight of independent thought.” With patriarchy thinking; objects are designed and developed by will. And things must come from efficiency, speed and practicability.
Even as modern-western societies today look to be “advanced.” Technocratic activities are actually acts in “darkness of ignorance” to what Yurugu doesn’t understand about being whole. The problems EuroAsians/Americans continue to dump on the rest of the world show no signs of enlighten civilization. And instead of moving in an evolving thought model; modern-western leadership blames others for their selfish destruction. It’s easy for Yurugu to demean other cultures and diversity patterns when his world view is the EuroAsian power model.
Being Not Doing
Again, Yurugu makes it clear that because spirit can Not be controlled… it is of little value to him. Instead, since materialism is something Yurugu can machine; he believes it is superior.
The author explains that within AfroCentric thought, time is something experienced… not just a line moving in one direction. For AfroCentrics; the universe is personal and grows organically from past to present. And ancient AfRaKans integrated themselves with a universe that communicated in symbols and images to revel truths. AfroCentric thinkers are truly being; and not just doing something.
The ancient AfRaKans gnew that a shared vision of harmony through balance resulted in order that could be maintained. But Yurugu has an indifference to things he can’t understand. So that he declares ancient creation truths as “wrong” or profane. So much so, he expresses cultures prior to the modern-western civilization as primitive; with no scientific basis.
Human or Parasite?
And then finally on the subject of humanness; the book describes the first non-African EuroAsians as a people coming onto the world scene from the Steppes and Caucasus regions. The author reiterates another scholar who described them as “actors favoring bloody wars and conflicts” against anyone not of their culture. By labeling everyone other than themselves as “barbarians” “heretics” and “infidels”; the ancient EuroAsians found rationale for their constant power struggle opposition efforts. Unfortunately, ancient civilizations have assimilated into the culture of the EuroAsians in fear entire nations would be destroyed by barbaric colonizing modes of operation. Thus the first efforts of European Imperialism.
Yurugu’s EuroAsian model of culture or “asili” is “Power Over”… never seeking harmonic relationships with the rest of the world. Instead of looking towards spiritual wholeness with a soul-force that might connect him to his natural and universal energies; Yurugu EuroAsians still constantly seek ways to separate; and take control of the rest of the world. This, I do Not consider humanness. But rather desires for power and control modeling a condition of parasitic mentality.
To finish this commentary post; please allow me to organize a list of what I learned is indeed Humaness:
- humans have a cosmic interrelationship between nature and the universe;
- humans evolve for organic wholeness and balance of spirit, mind and body;
- humans keep comprehensive communication flowing between both hemispheres of the brain;
- humans use multi-dimensional thought patterns for viewing situations and making decisions;
- human literature is expanded by symbolism;
- human reality is acknowledged as the past, present and future already within their ancestral make-up;
- humans embrace spirit as first in ways that reject objectification and materialism;
- humans practice their own organic culture to stay within the realms of their reality;
- for humans, truth can be processed, assimilated, validated and corroborated;
- for humans, times is experienced;
- humans are beings, not just doing;
- humans live in harmony with their environment.