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Know Thyself

The degree to which we are rough, gen- Know Thyself tie. Whether it is an Ugandan child or a Japanese child, those charged with the role of educing what they really are, must show images of the ancestral contributors to their legacy. It is believed to he M. For the sake of the argument we are developing here, it would seem that their educational system is very respectful of the fundamental criteria for providing a good education for oneself and that is, it should be directed towards the objective of obtaining self-knowledge.

The same Dick and Jane images which teach the European-American child to read serve to miseducate the African-American child and may in fact actually serve to lead them away from the reading process.

Though we are not very familiar with the Chinese, Persian, Nubian or traditional Yoruba system of education, they would no doubt focus on their presence on the world’s stage as the emphasis for their educational system as well. We must use our inner resources in order to take from the environment those resources that insure our advancement as human beings.

Where people put their energy, their resources, literally, what they do w-ith their lives is determined 38 by the ideas that they internalize.

Thieves and murderers occur in almost all societies and they clearly rep- resent a form of social disease and must be dealt with. The memory may be kept alive nai, simple rituals such as main- taining an ancestral w r all in the house where pictures of personal ancestors are kept.

The way that we eat has a great deal to do W’ith what happens to our bodies. For this will not only insure a mutually beneficial community based on Maat. This process is not limited to the transmission of certain skills and habits.


Know Thyself by Na’im Akbar

The growth, maturation and transformation of our bodies is an important teacher about the processes of spiritual transformation that we cannot see but guide our spiritual progress in a similar fashion. Actually, we can only be human in the highest sense if we have an identity that is our own. Dominique rated it it was amazing Jan 15, The study of literature and great people in the tradition of ones culture helps the person to formulate and identify what their mission may be.

As artist seek to cre- ate images of beauty and to influence the world to adapt their creative vision, they are exercising the power of shaping the societal vision. Such confidence in Black inferiority is easily accepted when the education of the entire society fails to make note of the fact that the very origins of science and knowledge in every 1 conceivable arena began with the remarkable and well-docu- mented contributions of Black people.

Drive no one away from the property of his or her father. Self-knowledge, in part, has to do with understanding the impact of these influences.

They want to be involved in shaping public opinion and not simply reporting those opinions. These moral instructions were intended to educe the spiritual core or soul of the African self.

A person sees his or her life as a divinely given responsibility that must be discovered. The African person who learns about nature is constantly reminded that they are learning about themselves.

Everyone who gets an education cannot become an independent entre- preneur, but everyone should gain the independent ability to negotiate the trade of their skills for the necessary resources for survival and advancement.

Do that which is right that you may live long upon tyhself earth.

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Zaki rated it it was amazing Feb khow, Overcoming failures has often been accomplished by admiring the greatness of those who have avoided certain errors. This education about the tribal self is the way that we access the resource of the endurance, the tie and the continuity that connects us with them and with each other. This issue of identity lays the foundation for knoww the person will be able to do haim what they must learn.

The process continues and mod- em European- American civilization represents the result of this evolution. People who do not develop respect for that inner core actually can never develop human dignity. So the study of biology, anatomy and physiology is another way that we understand the patterns of nature.


The community, on the other hand, has no higher significance than that achieved by respecting kjow individual contributions of its constituency. When we are misedu. An analogy that we may use by looking at a lower animal like a dog gives us an idea of the difference between training and education.

In much the same way, the ideas that we take in have a lot to do with the kind of minds that we develop. If after leaving school they have the opportunity to give out to Negroes what traducers of the race would like to have it learn such persons may thereby earn a living at teaching or preaching what they have been taught but they never become a constructive force in the development of the race.

The African conception of a holistic self required that moral instruction should be at the core of the educational process. Karenga says in the Husia: History’, tjyself, cultural practices, life thyse,f and survival strategies have helped to make certain groups psychologically connected. This trained dog is entertaining and as a human you may even pay money to see him walk on two legs dressed like a little human child. All civilized groups struggle to preserve their shared or collective infor- mation.

Such a dog is what Dr. We are told that in the peak of Kemctic civ- ilization there were actually more than 80, students who were studying the system of consciousness development at Ipet Isut called by the later interpreters.

Kerry rated it really liked it Oct 13, To know oneself is to know all men, as from us came all and to us all will return. The Chinese child who is taught to count learns these skills with examples or images that look Chinese or offer a connection with the Chinese identity.

Aziz rated it really liked it Sep 02, This is why the science human life is going until it und rP!