A.S.I.A. [Atlantis Build] is a global institution founded in Niagara Falls, NY. Atlantis School promotes educational programs, creative arts, cultural initiatives, audiovisual projects and commerce that supports the positive growth and development of youth and families. This website features a bi-monthly blog that highlights the social commentary, current events and creative insights of author, youth advocate and creative artist Saladin Quanaah Allah. #AtlantisBuild #FivePercenter
"Semantic Enigma" is one of the ways to describe how Five Percenters communicate. I say this because the meaning of certain words, phrases and text we use are sometimes puzzling, paradoxical or difficult to understand by an outside observer. Sometimes these words are not commonly found in a dictionary, like devilishment, tricknology or interorientation. We speak a language of mathematics and it's a multilayered form of communication that's filled with double and triple entendres. This is not a language based solely on words constructed with letters and numbers. This is a language based upon the meanings behind the letters and numbers, that construct our words/concepts, that are often outside of a English-speaking worldview.
Some of you may be somewhat familiar with our language because of the common words/phrases we use like "build", "born day", "do the knowledge", "justice cipher born", "eighty fivers" and etc. What most don't realize is our language does not follow all of the rules you learn in English. Therefore, trying to understand what we mean using those rules will only confuse you. For example, the word "wisdom" can be a noun (name: Wisdom, people: Woman, thing: Water or ideas: Wise-dome, wise the dumb) or verb (action or state of being: wisdomed, "in his wisdom ciphers"), depending upon how and what we're communicating. So if I were to tell another Five Percenter, "Indeed that's the wisdom soil Wisdom from Pelon; Divine's physical. She's wisdom equality and just knowledged the wisdom degree in the knowledge to knowledge culture power days ago. She already has the knowledge to understanding equality" they would know exactly what I'm talking about. Another Five Percenter also understands what I mean if I said, "The true I master equality is now."
Sometimes we break down words and communicate in their noun and/or verb correspondences. Some corresponding examples for wisdom are: knowledge knowledge, be, born, king and kingdom. To make it even more sophisticated we also use phrases, sentences and entire paragraphs that correspond to wisdom as a noun and/or verb. Examples of this are, "civilize means to teach knowledge and wisdom...", "word is bond and bond is life", "I came to North America by myself", "we received nothing but hard times, hunger, nakedness, out of doors, also beaten and killed by the ones who advocated that..." and etc.
This form of communication is not something a person could just learn by reading a book because there are no books to teach this. In fact, outside of this article it's rare to even find something directly explaining this. Our language also cannot be learned just by being among Five Percenters because we don't speak our pure language to those who don't know it. Yes a person will pick up bits and pieces yet they won't learn it fluently; there will always be some lacking in understanding cultural context and its various correspondences. All of this is one of the reasons Five Percenters often take great offense to people who try to speak our language; it comes off as a disingenuous botch job. Seeing a person clumsily trying to communicate using our language without knowing the various meanings, contexts or correspondences of the letters, numbers, words, phrases and sentences runs the spectrum from irritating to outright disrespectful. I've seen everything from people getting lightly corrected to getting hands put on 'em for doing it. Sometimes it's hilarious: like the time I proudly pointed to the panini on the menu in a fancy Italian restaurant and asked the waiter for "punany." In more recent years, and with the exponential growth of social media, it's gotta out of hand at times with everybody from Muslims, Moors, Nuwaabians, Black Nationalists, Neo-Christians, Hebrews, Khemetians and others trying to culturally appropriate Five Percenter language. While some feel it's a harmless gesture of paying homage, it's also very misleading -especially when people mix our language with religious, political and/or nationalistic ideologies that we don't advocate.
Mathematics: The Operating System of the Universe
I'm sure some of you are wondering why our language is so damn sophisticated. It's mathematics; the operating system of the universe. We strive to use [critical] thinking and communicate using a universal language that operates in alignment with that system. This is why we don't strive to use the word 'believe' or advocate 'belief systems' because suppositions, presumptions or opinions are not a stable/secure foundation to build upon. We believe, what we know. When it comes to basic English, most people simply define build as "constructing something." To us it means much more: construct, add-on, infinity [lemniscate], to communicate positively, elevate, knowledge of God, wisdom equality, understanding our power, the importance of social equality, he or her, what makes rain, hail, snow and earthquakes, the devil planting fear in preadolescence, the meaning of civilization, queen, zig-zag-zig and countless other phrases, sentences and entire paragraphs that gives context and correspond to build. Knowing interrelationships like this makes us cognizant of our place in the universe and the universe's place within us. Our language is also a nomenclature of self-actualization, righteousness, personal/collective development and empowerment. Using consistent words/phrases with various meanings such as wisdom, divine, queen, power, Peace, "word is bond", "not a savage in the pursuit of happiness" and etc. promotes positive cognitive, social, emotional, language and literacy development. Make no mistake about it, a child [or any person] with access to a language that reinforces an identity of power and infinite potentiality has a profound effect on brain architecture and psychological orientation. In terms of vocabulary, being immersed in a language that expands our body of words increases our ability to conceptualize and communicate ideas. Additionally, there's tons of research out there explaining how the chronic scarcity of resources [SES: socioeconomic status] effects language proficiency and broadens achievement gaps between children without access and children with access. For example, I recently attended an Early Childhood Development Conference at an Independent [Private] School where preschoolers are learning public speaking, they have a greenhouse and use a smart board to choose their lunch prepared by a Chef. This kind of learning environment is often a reflection of the ideas and aspirations being communicated at home. This is also the reason Five Percenters traditionally operated and still operate youth centers, academies and schools; we understand the importance of supplementing the education of youth who don't have access to growth & development resources at home and/or in their learning environments.
Almost every day someone from around the world reaches out to me because they're interested in learning more about the Five Percent. I appreciate that and one consistent message I continually share with them is to get in contact with me in person (if I'm in their area) or personally get in contact with someone in their area. There is only so much that can be learned via an online medium, even with all of the written, audio and visual content I've been putting out for over a decade now. I've said it before and I will say it again: this is a routing device to reality. Watching a video of me talking about the link between communication and literacy is different than watching me engaged in real-time activities with my preschoolers that demonstrate this. Hearing a radio show of me building about the Queen's Code for 30 minutes is different than being at a civilization class where I'm actually teaching on that for 2 hours. Talking to me on the phone is different than walking with me in the flesh. Learning culture requires an anthropological approach. A person must immerse themselves in it in order to understand and ultimately appreciate that culture. This also goes for language. In order to understand and ultimately appreciate the principles, values, perspectives and experiences a people communicate within and about their culture, a person must be immersed in it. Although the internet does enable a person to become semi-informed about how people live, it does not provide an all-encompassing means for cultural immersion, yet. Peace, Saladin