Monday, March 26, 2007

Counterclockwise: Me, Asiyah Star (11) & Queen Aziza (9)

Cultural Jurisdiction

I apologize for the short delay ya'll, b.u.t. Peace Family! Today I wanted to build about the idea of Cultural Jurisdiction. It came to me the other day when I was pondering how our relationships are expressed in regards to people who don’t share our Cultural Worldview. Cultural Jurisdiction is a person’s psycho-socioeconomic domain (territory) or “Authority” that is based upon their way of life. This way of life is expressed in the form of specific Social Norms/Mores, Codes of Conduct, Values and Principles that are used to preserve, perpetuate, govern their Worldview. Assessing and engaging a person upon the terms of their psycho-socioeconomic (territory) Jurisdiction is based upon one’s ability to functionally (and Freely) grasp their Culture. In other words, Cultural Jurisdiction is functionally expressed as such; the Bloods Turf, an Italian Neighborhood, a Gay Pride Parade, a Congressional Meeting, Saviors Day 2007 or Show and Prove. All of these sphere’s of Society express a sense of Jurisdiction or Authority that “an Outsider” is never “Culturally” privy to. Sure there may be “social buffer’s” extended to an Outsider in order to make them feel comfortable b.u.t. at the end of the day, they still remain on the outside looking in. Since we all are part of a greater Social Sphere (America) then there are certain Social Norms/Mores we collectively express that makes so-called Foreigners feel like Outsiders looking in! Today I wanted to expound upon the idea of Cultural Jurisdiction from a God-Centered Perspective.

Culturally speaking, the NGE does a great deal to extend “social buffer’s” to 95% of the people we deal with (85% and 10% as defined in our Book of Life). This is based upon the Actual Fact that very little is known about our Worldview, Core Values and other aspects of our Way of Life. Even if I were to tell a person What We Teach, What We Hope to Achieve, gave them Supreme Mathematics, Supreme Alphabet, 120 Lessons, and our Chronology they still would not have a functional idea of what we are about because they don’t live this CUlture. Because a person does not live this Way of Life they can never be extended Cultural Jurisdiction or legitimate Authority in regards to our psycho-socioeconomic (territory) domain. It’s almost like trying to petition the Seneca Nation for land when you are not a Tribal Member with a Native Status Card. It ain’t gon happen! This is key because those 95% who are Cultural “Outsider’s” often wonder, get frustrated or confused why Gods/Earths systematically don’t extend themselves beyond the sphere of “social buffer’s”. Basically there are certain things we are not supposed to do, places we are not supposed to go and etc.. . Not because we have a sword over our heads our Restrictive Laws that puts us in a behavioral Prison House b.u.t. simply because we know better; basic common sense. Now this is of course very uncommon today so don’t be surprised if you do cee some Gods/Earths going beyond some of the “social buffer’s” that I’ll mention in this Article. As a matter of fact if you did ask them about how they cee what they are doing you’d probably get the response “I’m just experimenting with high explosives”! Anyway, when it comes to Cultural Jurisdiction it’s very important for people (95%) to realize that because you do not functionally know what we know the very nature of Knowledge establishes a proximity between us. This proximity is manifested in the amount of time, space and energy that is transferred between us. It goes back to the old saying, “Light and Darkness” can’t occupy the same space at the same time. Not that I am Egocentrically saying that “we are light” and 95% of the people “are darkness”. Shiiittt, there are many things that I’m strait ignorant to and that puts me in darkness too! If I want to remain sitting in darkness my ignorance won’t even allow me to be in the same room with someone who’s dealing with the light of that subject matter for too long. Eventually I’m gonna bounce, fall asleep, or etc.. . Now if I want to be enlightened (very important!), I can spend all the time in the world around an Enlightener. Why? Because it’s the nature of light. Now from a Cultural Perspective I would like to build about some of the Social Norms that the NGE expresses as a “social buffer’s” when we interact with people 95% of the time. Keep in mind that because 95% of the people don’t have a functional Knowledge and Understanding who we are (because they don’t live it), to expect anything other than these “social buffer’s” is to blindly petition us for psycho-socioeconomic territory in a Cultural Jurisdiction that they do not live in. It’s a demand for Authoritative Rights as a Citizen in a Society (Culture) that they don’t belong to or choose to live in.

Gods/Earths define Relationships as either “Social Equality” or “Educator and Student”. There is no gray area. Social Equality is the idea of getting together for one common cause with a person or group or people whether it’s going to a cookout, a show, party, lecture or etc.. . This is a very General way in which Gods/Earths socialize with other people. Relationships with those in this category is very limiting because these individuals don’t share our Cultural Orientation or Worldview. Why? Because we know the lessons learned and the risk factors involved in subjecting yourself perpetual ignorance and how it maximizes the unknown. I often jokingly build wit my Educator telling him that being around Build Power’s too long is some cartoon shit. Next thing you know an anvil will drop out of the sky right on ya muthfuckin’ head! It’s funny I know, b.u.t. there’s some deep science to the idea of being disorientated, the concept of “bad luck” and just outright being led in the wrong direction! Anyway, people we deal with Social Equality with is not a daily affair, they’re basically Associates. You would never cee a true God/Earth rollin’ tight (on a daily basis) with someone who doesn’t share their Cultural Orientation or Worldview. If you do then it may be an “Educator and Student” relationship. I said “may be” because sometimes it’s not and some Gods/Earths misjudge how they should be relating to people. It’s a lesson we all deal with.

The “Educator and Student” relationship is based upon the premise that someone vocally & sincerely expresses their desire to learn out Culture. Under these circumstances we give all that we have and all within our power to cee the day that they are a said person of our shared ability. The only limitations extended to this person is solely curriculum based. Even though this relationship begins as “Educator and Student” it does not remain as such. A Student is only instructed (guided) to learn how to lead themselves. I also much mention that male/female relationships are no exception. Many Women are under the impression that Gods will/can establish a relationship with them that gives them Cultural Jurisdiction that exists outside the categories of “Social Equality” or “Educator and Student”. Although many of us have tried (including self), the wise have realized that “we were unable so instead of loosing time we have decided” to either deal with her Socially or as a Student, and it is only through the category of Student can she even be considered our Mate. When Rakim said in the song Mahogany, “Soon you can represent the Moon, as long as I keep you in tune. Tell you who you are and why you’re here, take it in stride cause it might take a year”, this is undoubtedly what he meant. I can understand why many Women do expect Gods to do this because many of us do try to make these exceptions! Sometimes we get down “Socially” that leads to sexually and the next thing you know we’re trying to treat her like a Student. Or you got Gods who start off right & exact by establishing the “Educator and Student” relationship and it kinda atrophies into a “Social” thing that leads to sexually and the next thing you know we’re trying to treat her like a Student again. There’s many other variables to this type of equation b.u.t. it all goes back to the idea of Cultural Jurisdiction.

Through the use of Cultural Jurisdiction, and by categorically defining our relationships as either “Social Equality” or “Educator and Student”, we govern what type of persons, places and things that have a positive/negative influence in and upon our lives. Symbolically speaking it’s the science of being a MASTER (M= 13 Letter Supreme Alphabet) at using our Knowledge (1) and Understanding (3) of our experience to preserve & perpetuate the unrestricted expression of our God-Centered Culture (4). The first aspect of being a MASTER at anything is control, so we first strive to control ourselves through the systematic assessment and appropriation of our time, space and energy. This idea of being a MASTER basically comes down to a level of mental maturity where you cease to waste moves in life!

There also exists a more subtle idea of Cultural Jurisdiction within the context of the NGE (dealing with other Gods/Earths). This is also important to build about because it is often assumed that simply because a person has a Book of Life, can quote Lessons, is rockin a Universal Flag Shirt and addresses me as “Peace God!” that they have Cultural Jurisdiction. In one sense, they get some kudos’ for speaking the language and expressing other peripheral aspects of the Culture b.u.t. if I never been amongst them before then -as my Educator would put it- “I don’t know dem nigga’s!”. As I mentioned in my last Article, it’s important that you spend a reasonable amount of time with a person (whoever they may be!) to cee what they’re really all about. Although we (Gods/Earths) are “supposed to” adhere to the same Core Values/Principles this is not always the case. You can run the risk of giving some nigga/bitch Cultural Jurisdiction to the people, places or things in your life who are not truly about living this Culture! I’ve had it happen, seen it happen to other’s and cee “Gregarious” Gods/Earths ignorantly inviting this risky bullshit to happen all the time!

Now dealing with Cultural Jurisdiction with other Gods/Earths there’s another category besides “Social Equality” or “Educator and Student”. This category is “Family”. For Gods/Earths who are considered “Family” the idea of “Social Equality” takes on a whole new meaning. It’s not an “Associative” thing in this case nor is it limiting. “Family” can get a phone call at 3am to build about a certain subject! “Family” deals equally with all things (finances included) and you share problems/concerns with “Family” that you would never make privy to a person who you deal with “Social Equality” with (because they don’t know you like that!) or a Student as an Educator (because they may not be developed enough to understand!). “Family” is the ultimate sphere of a relationship that we seek to establish with people. Does this mean that if you ain’t a God/Earth you can’t be “Family”? No, as a Civilized Person you can be Honorably considered a part of our “Extended Family” (Human Family). I must clarify that “Extended Family” is an Honorary “Degree” that Gods/Earths bestow upon Civilized People, it is not a category. Usually this Degree is given out to those physical family members or childhood friends who are re-introduced to our lives after we’ve gotten Knowledge of Self. Of course this Honorary Degree is not extended to any/all family members and childhood friends, only those who respect/observe our Culture to the extend where they’ve f learned General Civilization. As I mentioned, not all Gods/Earths are in the “Family” category. I have some “Extended Family” members who are closer to me than Gods/Earths who I deal with “Social Equality” with. Gods/Earths may get together and extend this “sense” of collective oneness (Family) at Show and Prove every June in Mecca (Harlem) b.u.t. it’s really just a Social (pseudo-religious) Event. Other than that, many of us are a loose knit general body of people who are kith b.u.t. not necessarily kin.

To conclude today’s Article I wanted to encourage Gods/Earths to look at our Cultural Jurisdiction (Athority) as much more than just a Nationalistic “Show”, steeped in Egocentrism and enshrined in Regalia! As we develop the Intellectual Maturity to quietly “Prove” to ourselves (and the world) who we are, we’ll learn that our Cultural Jurisdiction truly serves as a psycho-socioeconomic tool to assess, define, orientate and appropriate our lives. It less about saying “The Black Man is God” and more about “being a Black Man doing God’s work”. It’s less about “wearing ¾’s to be covered like the Planet Earth” and more about “taking off those extra pounds to stop looking/weighing like the Planet Earth”! I know some of ya’ll got rocks in ya’ jaws b.u.t. it’s real! For those of you who continue to be “Gregarious” about Nation building with nigga’s that got Righteous Names and don’t really give a fuck, your loosing time searching for something that which does not exist. Stop letting them and other Build Power’s (85%) -because that’s exactly what they are- undermine your Government be. A lot of of 2 Million I know will shoot a muthafucka trying to come on their land and set up a trading post! We should take the same approach, only kill them mentally not physically! In the same way that our brothers/sisters in the NOI state that the Restrictive Laws are the key to their success I would say that our Cultural Jurisdiction is “one of the keys” to our success. Without it it’s impossible to assess and define the functional boundaries (property lines) of what we consider the Best, Poor and Worst Part’s of the Planet Earth. The cause of many of the relationship problems we deal with in and outside of the NGE can be attributed to our lack of defining appropriate boundaries; lawfully exercising our Cultural Jurisdiction and sticking to our Sovereign (Authoritative) Rights.


Thursday, March 01, 2007

"Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.. ."

Idol Worship and Urban Iconography

Seeing that there were many Gods and Earths who recently celebrated the Born Day (2/22/28) of The Father (I myself don’t “religiously” engage in that), I wanted to share some insight about The Father that maybe some of ya’ll will be able to appreciate.

Sometimes I think we overlook the fact that The Father never had an opportunity to actually mature in this Culture. Think about that for a second.. . When he went back to the essence (physically died) he would have been considered a toddler in this, an Indigo Child no doubt, b.u.t. he wasn’t even an adolescent yet! Compared to many of us who have had the privilege to live out this Culture a decade, two decades or longer, The Father would be considered a New Born. I mention that because it’s important for us to understand that although The Father made a tremendous impact upon us and the World, he was still just a child! Shiiiiiiittttttt, I just hit puberty and started growing hair on my Divine I Cee King in this Culture, yet this is a literal stage of development that The Father never, ever, ever experienced! For those of us who have carried this Culture in puberty, through their teenage years and have been an adult in this it’s a beautiful thing we must never minimize or overlook! Sure The Father deserves credit, yet lets also be grateful that we have many people “still around” who are Trailblazers in this Culture! Brotha’s/Sistah’s who are literally writing New Chapters of our Collective Koran, insight by insight! Now I know some of ya’ll may be sitting there trying to debate what I’m saying because deep down in your heart of hearts, you put The Father on a pedestal because you cee him as BIG FATHER “ALLAH” and yourself as a little god. Hey, that’s the way you were taught and I accept that. Just realize that by consistently parroting “The Father said this and the Father said that”, you sound no different than a muslim saying “The Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan said this” or a young groupie saying “Pretty Ricky said that”! Say what you want, it’s all Idol Worship and Urban Iconography to me, no matter how you want to draw that shit up!

Now as I was saying, since The Father went back to the essence at such an early age of having Knowledge of Self, there is a great deal of useful land that I and many “maturing” Gods/Earths have been blessed to cultivate. Useful land that The Father never had an opportunity to assess, plow, plant seeds in or reap a harvest from. There is alot that The Father said/taught that was indicative of his level of development (Pre-adolescence) and a lot that continues to have no said birth record. It is for us to determine what those things are throughout our growth and development while not straying away from the Core Values of our Civilization. Some Gods/Earths live this Culture out in a “WWTFD” (What Would The Father Do) Religious Context and forsake the fact that they are living their own life! Our lives should consist of preserving the Best Part of what The Father (like with any person) said and not settling for any Part that is Poor (something that expired). Many Gods/Earths are ignorantly using unmodified Mid 1960 methodologies today and wonder why they aren’t yielding contemporary results! The Father literally never dealt with the Global Phenomenon called HipHop. He never experienced an era of computer literacy, never saw Michael Jordan in the zone, never heard his voice on a device called an Ipod or saw a Rally on a DVD! He never dealt with a generation of females who respect calling themselves Hoes & Bitches or young boys (white/black) who affectionately refer to themselves as nigga’s. Although The Father taught about “all the human families of the Planet Earth”, he never personally experienced the Social Phenomenon of Gods/Earths from multi-ethnic backgrounds living in a French Colonized Canadian Context! These are just a few examples that The Father literally had no Understanding about because he never matured to experience any of these things. The best that we can do is speculate/theorize what he would have thought about these things. It is my thought that many of us do alittle bit too much speculating/theorizing what The Father would have thought instead of actually thinking for ourselves! When we honestly take things like this under consideration we recognize our real role in not just preserving our Core Values b.u.t. advancing/maturing them! There are many of us who haven’t grown (matured) because we are still holding fast to things The Father -said as a child- in this Culture. Things that I can’t even say as an adolescent and things that Older Gods definitely can’t say because now they’re Grown Men in this; Abu Shahid being one of these brother’s who truly understands “Self-styled” Wisdom! Here are a few insights I’ve gained as a Pre-adolescence with Knowledge of Self (an age that The Father never experienced). Insights that I maturely apply because some of the things the Father said/taught has expired:

Because much of the early history/teachings of the NGE was expressed in a Group Context (Social Equality). Many people developed a “GREGARIOUS” attitude about what this Culture is about. Because of this you cee a great quantity of Gods/Earths that can only function in a Group Setting, yet a lack of quality/centeredness in being Gods/Earths by themselves! If put in a Ego shattering position of living this Culture out by themselves, for themselves and without anyone in their immediate environment they wouldn’t survive. Even though it’s admirable and an eventual goal to live this Culture out in a Group Context, it fundamentally comes down to you being comfortable enough in your own skin to be God/Earth by yourself! I’ve learned that; “For a person to truly Know and Understand Equality, they must 1st live the experience of coming to North America BY THEMSELVES!” Without this they are just the summation of what others think because they’ve never ultimately been in a situation to think for themselves, and a person who doesn’t think for themselves couldn’t speak any Self-styled Wisdom if they tried! Because they only experienced being around other people “their understanding” has a said birth record to it and all they can do is use cheesy cliché’s and quote what someone else said (especially “The(ir)” Father)! I teach that if no one cee’s you for the rest of your life, you are still NGE and you don’t need a general body to verify that. Because my Tree has used this methodology of education, we successfully ensure that everyone who add’s on to the Cipher is individual quality, fuck shallow quantity!!

I do not advocate having many children nor do I advocate having no children. That is a teaching for a mature adult and when I do speak on the subject I teach that we should focus on maturing as Men and Women before we even consider taking on the responsibility of another life, dealing with the a 60% Statistic of AIDS Cases being black women, and tackling other socioeconomic issues associated with having sex at an unreasonable stage of psychological, social, emotional and economic development. Many of the youth we are teaching aren’t even young adults as of yet, haven’t lived on their own or don’t have a employment history while they’re learning they’re that they are God/Earth. Many of them haven’t even learned/experienced life as a Man/Woman yet! We have a lot of these children around now when The Father advocated this in the 1960’s because the NGE was young and didn’t have a lot of members at the time. I’m glad he did because I probably wouldn’t be here, b.u.t. in 2007 that is definitely not a teaching I’m zealous about. Again, it’s more about a quality of life issue compared to a quantity of sight thing!

I don’t teach that “We are not Pro-black or Anti-white because the climate isn’t the Black Power Movement of the 1960’s anymore. I teach that Society is still shamelessly “Anti-Original and Pro-Colored”, “Anti-Poor and Pro-Rich” and “Anti-Islamic and Pro-Christian”. Although Black and White are the extreme lines upon which this Society is/was initially divided, we now have a greater community of Diverse Original People that make up the discriminating middle. From this Perspective it’s no longer just a “Pro-black Anti-white” issue and to even speak in those terms in 2007 is to overlook/dismiss the majority of people who do not easily fit into these dichotomous categories. While some Gods/Earths are still quoting & trying to defend the phrase “We are not Pro-black or Anti-white” the majority of people are looking at them like “What the fuck are you talking about, I ain’t white or black, I’m Multi-cultural”!

Because of the short attention spanned, oversexed, don’t wanna listen to shit but dance global dynamic of Mainstream HipHop I don’t go out “trying” to teach no muthfuckin’ body! I don’t have an Ego-centered approach to the youth like, “Hey boy/girl sit down and let me teach you”! For the most part I’ve mastered the fine mist that their naked eye can’t detect and it’s only when what I say/do ascends high enough & increase with other forms of mist in different currents of “their atmosphere” do they distill in the form of asking me different questions. I always keep my interactions 6 miles from they surface, meaning that I deal with Equality with them by humbly acKnowledging their Power before I readily expound upon Self! I’ve seen so-called Gods looming over helpless children, showering them with rhetoric and that shit’s a turn-off to any free thinking individual! Some of ya’ll have the grandiose idea to believe that some of these youth really give a fuck about what you have to say! I approach them like they don’t b.u.t. when I do have an opportunity to say/do something it’s worth 790,613,581,824,000,000 words! I don’t have students nor will I ever have students because it’s not for me to call them that! If it is ever said, they call themselves my student and if I hear it I’ll correct them and consistently emphasize that fact that I’m just their Brother and Companion.

To conclude I just wanted to address those Religious Zealous who are reading this Article and obviously misunderstanding where I’m coming from. Don’t “make an interpretation” that I’m saying fuck The Father! He was a great man just like my Ole’ Dad is and many other Men/Women who came before, where here during and have/will come after him. Sure this Culture is Central to my worldview and I use 120 as my navigational tool through life, yet I’m not so shallow as to think that my said birth record is 1964! Nor ignorant enough to think that everything The Father said/did in the first 5 years of his life is contextually practical in 2007. We must add on and that’s what our justice cipher born is. If we are not playing an active role in adding on/extending our Cultural Legacy we mind as well not exist! By simply quoting those before us, our entire life becomes a chronological void in time! A time that has no reason to be mentioned because we never really said anything or made a contribution to Civilization. Ultimately, we have no right turning our noses up and functionally differentiating ourselves from anyone else who believes in a Mystery God because we’re doing the same damn thing! It’s fine to say what The Father, Ghandi, Jada Pinkett, Lex Luther, Robin Williams, Beyonce’ or whoever said b.u.t. what it always comes down to is WHAT DO YOU SAY?! That is the true essence of being God-Centered. As a Man you have to honestly take a long, cold hard look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself do you really see Allah? And if you’re a Woman, you have to honestly ask yourself do you really see Allah when your quietly looking in your Man’s eyes?!! See, it is these intimate moments (or lack thereof) that serve as the psychological canvas upon which our impressionist behavior is expressed. Whether we know it or not, we always project to the public how we handle(d) these intimate moments of inner contemplation, and you can always discern those Gods/Earths who don’t handle “solitude” too well. B.u.t. anyway, I think you get my point, be a follower only to the extent that you learn how to lead, even when it comes down to The Father. PEACE!