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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Mental Health in the 21st Century



   I grew up in a household with a DSM-III. Because my Ole Earth was a Social Psychologist she referred to it often. As a child, my younger siblings and I simply knew it as "the big book" among the many other books in our small library. I didn't understand its importance and how my parents orientated us until I got older. I'm not saying that the DSM is the Bible. My Ole Earth once said, "Psychology is the white man's Bible. You need to study everything you can about it." So in my household words and phrases like Transference, Self Mutilation, Schizophrenia and etc. were common place and I developed a working understanding of these concepts at a very early age. Being exposed to this at an early age also means that I was exposed the world of mental health. I recall an incident where my Ole Earth, a Case Manager of a Mental Health Agency at the time, was summoned to a Hospital because a client who suffered from Schizophrenia came to the Hospital with a pair of 24" hedge shears, locked himself in the bathroom and castrated himself because the voice in his head instructed him to do it. I could literally write a book about the experiences my Ole Earth shared with us about her work within the mental health field. In fact, my upbringing and gaining KOS [Knowledge Of Self] is one of the reasons I published the book Explorations of God/Earth Mental Health.

   Why am I mentioning all of this? Because it is my assessment that we are not having enough conversations about how our mental health has been and is impacted living in this society. None of us grow up here unscathed and there are various degrees along a psychological spectrum from folks using healthy coping mechanisms that foster mental stability to outright institutionalized mental illness. People fall somewhere within that spectrum and typically people have not been assessed or clinically diagnosed, especially within black communities where this type of thing is a taboo. Growing up, and even as adults, some of us have always just called uncle so and so, cousin so and so or other families members who displayed and display mental health issues as "crazy." And in regards to the behavior we see, all we often know is; they always been a lil touched, ever since they came back from the Army they ain't been right, they was smoking that sh*t, somebody slipped them a mickey, they ain't been the same since the funeral, ever since they broke up with so and so or a host of other reasons that may hint at a psychotic break or even a deteriorating mental state, yet not a formal assessment of what we're seeing. While people are judged, what you usually don't hear is societal judgement; the quantifiable impact society has upon shaping one's mental state, especially when that impact is an indictment. Among the clinical professions the traditional narrative is that a person's mindset and behavior in society is their own and needs to be addressed. The institutions, laws and cultural norms in this society are often not assessed, held accountable, modified or even removed that helped produce and maintain the very mindset and behavior we see people display. While this perspective of personal responsibility is true. The societal impact on one's psychological state coping with institutional racism, sexism, a chronic scarcity of resources in impoverished communities, redlining and various other social dysfunctions are equally true. So while we are indeed personally responsible for doing something about changing our condition, we are equally responsible for helping change the institutions, laws and cultural norms in this society that continue to shape the mindset and behavior of people. 

   Asili is a Swahili word for nucleus or origin. In order to understand an origin or nucleus we must take an etiological approach. Meaning, we must be dedicated to investigating the cause. In terms of mental health, even though the nucleus or centrally important part is a person's mental state, this mental state is centrally important to their role within their family, community and society. The institutions, laws and cultural norms in this society, good or bad, are the direct result of a person's mental state. There are countless examples of institutions such as Nambla, laws such as slavery and cultural norms that indicate mental instability on the part of those who were involved in creating them and those who maintain(ed) them. In many instances, that mental instability is viewed as standards normalcy. Consider the countless cases of mass shootings where it's not a given but arguable whether the perpetrators were insane. 

   The first step in assessing and addressing mental health is to start making this conversation normal, especially in communities where this is considered taboo. Simply having conversations like this makes it easier and resources more accessible. The next step is broadening this conversation to assesses and address the societal impact upon mental health. Having this conversation also makes it easier and resources more accessible. Lastly, we must commit ourselves to acting upon the things we are discussing, not simply for personal development but also in changing institutions, laws and cultural norms. Be an Advocate! This does not require us to build our own institution, although we can. Simply support those institutions who represent the stability you connect with. It does not mean that we have to run for public office, although we can. Vote for, volunteer and support candidates and legislation that your principles and values align with. 

Peace,
Saladin

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Did Yacub Exist? In Search of Homo Capensis


   The first time we even heard about Yacub and his role in manufacturing the Devil was a book published by the Nation of Islam on February 20th, 1934 called the Supreme Wisdom Lessons. That book was only made available to registered members of the Nation of Islam and contained instructions to its laborers, a mathematical problem book and a series of lessons. Some of those lessons introduce Yacub and lay out who, what, when, where, why and how the Devil was manufactured. The primary book that was made available to the general public that summarized some of those lessons, and expounded upon Yacub’s narrative, was called Message to the Blackman in America. When the Message to the Blackman was published in 1965, Allah, the founder of the Five Percenters, had already founded the Five Percenters a year earlier on October 10th, 1964. Upon his departure from the Nation of Islam, Allah kept only the lessons from the Supreme Wisdom book and eventually developed an alphanumeric system of numbers and letters known as the Supreme Mathematics and Supreme Alphabet that unlocked hidden meanings and connections within those lessons. Allah then began to share this cultural perspective with the youth in the streets of Harlem who were neglected by the religious, political and social organizations within his community. 

   My reasoning for giving a general background of the lessons, the departure of Allah, his establishing of the Five Percent and the eventual publishing of the Message to the Blackman was to give context. When the Five Percent were introduced to these lessons, especially those pertaining to Yacub, it was not within a religious context. One of the reasons behind Allah’s departure was what he was learning in the lessons were not being taught in the Temple. So he decided to leave the religion alone.

Patmos; an island situated on the Aegean Sea


   So let me give a brief overview of Yacub. Yacub was an original black man, a scientist, said to be born 20 miles outside of the city of Mecca in the year 8400 among 30% of a population who were considered dissatisfied. 70% were of the people were content with the societal conditions at that time. Known as the father of the Devil, Yacub was aware of his determined idea at the age of six. In fact, he communicated this idea to his uncle one day while playing with two pieces of steel. A brilliant child, Yacub finished all of the colleges and universities of his nation at the age of eighteen and because of his unusual sized head people often referred to him as the “big head scientist.” It was at this age that he started teaching among the dissatisfied within the streets of Mecca about Islam and making promises of luxury. As his followers began to grow the authorities became fearful of his influence and started persecuting and arresting them. This had the opposite effect and Yacub found himself the leader of 59,999 followers who began to overfill the jails. Upon arresting Yacub, the King visited him in his cell to negotiate an agreement to stop the civil disobedience. Yacub requested that the King give him twenty years of resources to start his own nation away from Mecca. The King agreed and rounded up all of Yacub’s followers to board ships that were destined for the island of Patmos [Pelon] situated 2,000 miles away on the Aegean Sea. Yacub examined all of his followers and those who were not healthy, strong and good breeders he sent them back. In the Message to the Blackman the Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated that those who were unfit were thrown overboard. Those who were considered not good in multiplying were married at the age of sixteen. When Yacub arrived on Patmos he as the King chose doctors, ministers, nurses and cremators as his top laborers. Next he gave these laborers laws of birth control; a system of eugenics to breed out the dominant black traits and keep the recessive brown traits. Yacub’s society had zero tolerance and advocated the death penalty. Anyone who was found guilty of breaking the law were killed. The Doctors were instructed to examine all those who desired to marry. In turn, through fake blood tests, he qualified or disqualified them to the Ministers who would only marry those that were unalike. Only brown skinned people were given privileges to marry and have a family. If the couple bore a child that was black the nurse would kill it by sticking a pin in its head or feeding it to some wild beast and then lie to its mother that her baby was taken to heaven. The cremators would burn the black babies whenever the nurses would bring them. According to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, after 200 years of this society’s brown skinned privilege, there were no more black people on the island of Patmos. After another 400 years all of the brown people were gone and there was an island of only people who were yellow and red. In this 600 year this became a society of blue eyed white people; Devils. Yacub was said to only live 150 years so he never saw his own creation. Sometime after the 600th year these white people journeyed to Mecca and turned the entire city upside down within 6 months of being there, causing the black and brown inhabitants to fight and kill one another. When the King realized what was going on he instructed his people to round up every white person that they could find and prepared to exile them. The people of Mecca took everything from them and made them walk every step of the way across the Arabian Desert to the Caucasus Mountains in West Asia as they now call it Europe. The journey was 2,220 miles and they would remain bound to these caves for 2,000 years until Musa was sent to teach them civilization.

   The above narrative is both directly communicated in our lessons and in the Message to the Blackman pages 110-127. Whether Yacub was a Doctor Moreau-like character who died on the island of Patmos in the year 8,550, there is no evidence to support that. I am also not aware of any archaeological dig on that island that has produced a Homo Capensis shaped skull from 6,000 years ago. This does not means that Yacub did not exist as an actual person. It means that if a person thinks that, it’s what they believe. White skinned people walking around today does not literally prove the validity of the above narrative or even the existence of a person named Yacub. What the narrative does communicate are proven conclusions in areas of psychology, sociology, genetics, group-think, axiology, geopolitics and other sciences of life that we see every day. Let me add-on…

   The story of Yacub is a narrative about the potential destruction that can be produced from a psychological state and social condition that is rooted in dissatisfaction. Left unchecked, that dissatisfaction can manifest the personification of evil. It is an example of how socioeconomic engineering [eugenics] and political science is oftentimes the outgrowth of a mindset that may have been cultivated in a person as a child. This is why psychoanalysts, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and any professional who is striving to assess our current state whether physically or mentally, starts with our childhood and family history. Yacub lived 20 miles outside of Mecca, away from 70% of the population; a demographic who were satisfied with their station in life. The only family members mentioned in Yacub’s life is an uncle, not even by name, during his formative years; at the age of 6. There is no mention of his family dynamics or early childhood development. In regards to brain development, 95% of the child’s brain is formed by the time they reach 6 years old. This is the reason a child’s head at that age is not proportionate to their body. The brain goes through a process known as “synaptic pruning” to eliminate synapses to help the brain run more efficiently. Ideas up to this point become determined and form the neurological blueprint of the child’s future development. This is why children enter Kindergarten [which is actually a “garden”] right before the age of 6 when the seeds of development are first rooted and cultivated. Our lessons tell us that Yacub made a declaration about his determined idea at the age of 6 while playing with two pieces of steel. In early childhood development children are encouraged to participate in ‘dramatic play’ because it promotes social emotional development. Yacub playing with steel, envisioning building a nation when he was older is dramatic play. It indicates that even in what would be consider to be “innocent play”, a deep determined idea is work.
   A synonym for Mecca is “magnet” which means a place that everyone wants to visit. Again, Yacub was born 20 miles away from this location among the dissatisfied who were without. The two pieces of steel he played with at the age of 6, one piece with magnetic and the other piece without, is a metaphor for how he viewed the 70% satisfied and the 30% dissatisfied; the haves [with] and the havenots [without]. Like with many of us who have grown up in similar conditions, low/vacant esteem became the seedlings of an inferiority complex that encouraged us, like Yacub, to overcompensate for what we didn’t have. Some of us chose sports, the creative arts or other things to overcompensate with. Some of us, like Yacub, chose academics. So at the age of 18 Yacub was said to have finished all of the colleges and universities of his nation. Another curious thing that was mentioned about Yacub is that he had an unusually large head. While this could imply that he was Macrocephalic or that he suffered from a condition known as Hydrocerphalus which causes the head to enlarge due to spinal fluid around the brain, there is no evidence of this. The fact that he finished all of the colleges and universities of his nation and was known as THE, not “a”, big head scientist does imply something about his personality when you do a psychological profile. What it would indicate, according to a DSM, is Narcissistic Personality Disorder [NPD]; an inflated sense of self importance, delusions of grandeur, lack of empathy, manipulative and demanding. His narrative is an almost textbook diagnosis of NPD and hints at other health conditions related to Megalomania.
   As Yacub started to gain followers in Mecca he also began to challenge the status quo. Growing up on the outside, Yacub developed a sense of disdain towards the 70% satisfied who looked just like him, yet didn’t recognize the concerns of the 30% who were dissatisfied. This disdain was Yacub’s self-hatred that echoed how he essentially felt about himself. Why? Because who he considered oppressors, 70% satisfied, looked just like him. This is no different than a young male growing up despising other males based upon his negative experience, or lack thereof, with other males. In some instances, males like this have such contemptment for or ingrained prejudice against other males, that they desire to be a female. Yacub, as a black man, had a determined idea to destroy the black population in order to make a nation to rule in their place.
   Yacub wasn’t a person in a laboratory pouring potions in beakers trying to make a new man. Yet the island of Patmos, because of its isolated, alienated controlled environment, geographically represents a laboratory. This being the name of the place where the Devil was manufactured, Yacub was the big [senior], head [lead] scientist. An island “is-land” surrounded by a body of water. The brain is an organ that is also surrounded by a physical body of water. Patmos is an external replication of how the brain actually functions. The same way in which Yacub’s determined idea was manufactured on the island of Patmos, thoughts are manufactured in the brain. His Patmos society was managed by laborers who governed the life cycle of human beings to insure that his undertakings were successful. According to Yacub’s society and like today, the medical, ministerial, nursing and death care [doctors, ministers, nurses and cremators/morticians] industries are present at the beginning, throughout and at the end of a human being’s entire life cycle. Our lessons state that these laborers followed his law and were bound to secrecy in the same way that these modern day professions require confidentiality and won’t disclose client information. The nurse's law of Yacub in particular is reflective of the racist program promoted by Eugenicist Margaret Sanger. According to Yacub’s narrative, after 600 years of ethnic cleansing, that society produced a white Devil; the personification and archetype of evil. Evil that's likened to the white supremacy/nationalism, colonialism and institutional racism that has turned the whole world upside down today.

   As this article is already lengthy so I won’t go into the history/symbolism behind the Devil going to Mecca, turning it upside down and then being exiled into the Caucasus Mountains until Musa came to teach them. I was inspired to share this article and some of these points, especially for those who believe that this entire narrative can be simply summarized by the physical appearance of white people. That is not only unscientific but it's completely absurd. Yacub by definition means to supplant, replace, override or trip up. This is what the name functionally means, regardless what we may call ourselves. Practically applying this narrative gives us the tools to self-assess if we are playing this role of a big headed scientist. It enables us to help teach and redirect the youth in our community; helping insure that dissatisfaction, lack of family structure, disenfranchisement, low/vacant esteem and a sense of inferiority does not become a breeding ground for future Devils. It empowers us with the ability to recognize how anti-social behavior, separation and disassociation is an Patmos-like island and that island could be a tell-tale sign of a laboratory of sickness or even suicide. Lastly, this narrative shows us that our lessons are not to be taken on face value... 


Peace,
Saladin

Monday, June 25, 2018

How Do Supreme Mathematics Function?



Unpack: To undo or remove the contents from (a box, trunk, etc.). To remove (something) from a container, suitcase, etc.. To unburden, as the mind; reveal. To decipher or discern.


   Sometimes it is not about the baggage we carry. We all carry some kind of baggage. In some instances, we have not unpacked that baggage, that is the issue. What further complicates this is that many of us have never learned how or where to start unpacking that baggage. I am eternally thankful to have had the kind of parents who at least exposed me to this sense of self-analysis and some of the psychological skills to unpack some of the baggage that I've accumulated over the years. I am also grateful for the cultural perspective of the Five Percent and those who have assisted and still assist me along my journey. My family dynamics coupled with knowledge of self has given me an excellent foundation to accurately look at myself, the world around me and my responses to that world.

   I've shared on many occasions that my Ole Earth [Mother] was like the Oracle from The Matrix with a Richard Pryor sense of humor. She went to college in her mid forties and became a Social Psychologist in three years as a wife and mother of seven children. One evening while I sat at the kitchen counter doing my homework and she sat at the table doing her homework she called my name. As I lifted my head to look at her she slowly removed her glasses and lifted up her thick textbook from the table and said, "This is the white man's bible. You better learn everything you can about it." I was a teen at the time and clearly heard what she said yet I was not at a place in my growth and development to understand or appreciate the depth of that statement. In fact, it often took me years to grasp some of the things she shared. Not because I was blind, deaf or dumb, sometimes I just did not have the life experiences as reference points to assess what she was saying. For example, as a preadolescent she would often say, "You have to study their family dynamics" in regards to girls. "You're going to be getting with her whole family so you better know what you're getting into" she would add. THAT went right through one ear and right out the other. Again, not because I was ignant. I just didn't know what to do with that and yeah, I didn't ask. It took me decades to understand the importance of those statements.

   As the Five Percent, unbeknownst to even some of us, we have many self-analysis tools in our cultural chest to start unpacking or discerning who we are. Religions provide some self-analysis tools as well but how many people actually identify and use them? Not many, for various reasons. With all of the problems in this world, and potential solutions, our human family can greatly benefit from such tools. 
   So when I say "tools", what do I mean in regards to the Five Percent? Well one of the most obvious are Supreme Mathematics. As principles of life, Supreme Mathematics are like instruments or psychological and sociological tools that are used to carry out a particular function. What function? Civilization and Righteousness. I say civilization and righteousness because none of the Supreme Mathematics represent or even imply something that is dishonorable, immoral or malevolent. For example, devil is not a principle in Supreme Mathematics. In fact, devil is neither in our Supreme Alphabet. This is to say that as Five Percenters our cultural worldview or what we fundamentally teach is not emphasizing the obvious shortcomings, failings and deficiencies of someone outside of us. We don't overlook that, we explicitly cover shortcomings, failings and deficiencies within the context of our lessons [120]. And these lessons highlight periods of time where learning occurred for our people, sometimes in relationship to shortcomings, failings and deficiencies. In terms of psychological and social orientation, Five Percenters advocate a strength-based approach towards living and assessing who we are. This means that we concentrate on our self-determination and inherent strengths, not what would be considered deficits. This orientation is reflected in our language, with the specific words and phrases we use such as knowledge, wisdom, understanding, "Peace God" and "True I Master Equality [Time]", and even in the righteous names we choose for ourselves such as Divine, Queen, Wisdom, Supreme and etc. Our emphasis is on who we are, and what we need to do as standards of civilization and righteousness, regardless what others choose to do. We don't ignore what others do. For us, it's about what we choose and how we choose to respond to situations, all while maintaining our civilization and righteousness. In fact, here is a series on Supreme Mathematics I've started to 

   The above paragraph doesn't describe a cake walk. It describes a daily effort to be consistent and concise about how we positively see ourselves and how we responsibly attend a society that doesn't have the healthiest view of humanity. Those who seek to address this issue have their approaches, whether its religious, secular, spiritual or metaphysical. As the Five Percent, we have ours. Some approaches or even tools are similar among the human family, some are not. Supreme Mathematics are not witch hunt materials, nor are they inquisition devices. They are life principles that serve as self-analysis tools to start unpacking or discerning who we are. As we grow and understand these principles deeper, we also become a greater resource to those in our family, community and city who need to be rightly guided. The process of unpacking is removing the contents that are within, not putting something inside. Some people incorrectly think that gaining KOS [Knowledge Of Self] is the process of depositing something inside of them. That is part of it, yet one must first assess their available space. Meaning, we must take time to unpack what needs to be unlearned before having a capacity to learn anything. Part of an Educator's responsibility is to assist that person in identifying available space and how to make room to receive something. Sometimes that may mean a referral to a professional. This unpacking process is not something that's done on a weekend retreat, a 3 hour lecture, a few meetings, a rally, an event or a relationship. This is a continual process of assessing ourselves, sometimes with counseling. The custom of building with one another by asking, "How do you see today's mathematics?" and "How do your see today's degree?" is a part of this self assessment process. It's not only done to test or challenge what another Five Percenter knows and understands; because nowadays there are many who claim to be us but they are not. It's done because Five Percenters are scientists of life and building is the oral presentation of one's work/research to other members of our scientific community for peer review. Answering questions such as "How do you see today's mathematics?" and "How do your see today's degree?" give members an opportunity to mutually share their work/research. And just like any scientist, upon review of that work/research, if something needs to be added on or taken away, we go back to the lab and make the appropriate adjustments. In fact, here is a series I started on Supreme Mathematics to demonstrate how these self-analysis tools can be used: Supreme Mathematics Series


   Unpacking our identity or unburdening the mind to decipher or discern who we are requires more than Supreme Mathematics. If we haven't first committed ourselves to honestly assessing and removing the unnecessary contents within, we will be without -even while holding Supreme Mathematics. The same goes for people who hold fast to the bible, koran, other books or philosophies about life. The daily inner work is what manifests the outer reality. All of these tools are only as valuable as our ability to use them. And we cannot successfully use them if we have no room where to put them.

Peace,
Saladin

Saturday, June 09, 2018

What is the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center?



Take a journey and learn all about the new Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is an experiential museum that reveals authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls. The Heritage Center inspires visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and to take action toward an equitable society. Take a brief tour of the Center with my Atlantis School For Gifted Youngsters Animation video below.


Address:
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission
825 Depot Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Email: info@niagarafallsundergroundrailroad.org
Phone: 716-300-UGRR (8477)

Heritage Center Hours:

Monday     Closed
Tuesday     10AM – 6PM
Wednesday   10AM – 6PM
Thursday   10AM – 8PM
Friday         10AM – 6PM
Saturday   10AM – 6PM
Sunday      10AM – 4PM

Admission Prices:

General Adult: $10
Student 13+ and college w/ID: $8
Youth 6 – 12: $6
Youth 5 and under: free
Group Rates Available - please email: tours@niagarafallsundergroundrailroad.org for more info.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The Greatest Story Never Told...



This animation video is about the Youth Advocacy and Community Outreach of the man known as Allah, whom the youth affectionately called The Father [of the Five Percent Nation].


Saturday, March 31, 2018

What's this #AtlantisBuild Animation Series about?!





   As a Creative I'm always striving to push myself in regards to what I can do next. The other day I was discussing this with a Queen and shared that there are two ways in which I operate: through Creative Intention and through Creative Inspiration. Because of my level of discipline, the willingness to sacrifice and other qualities that enable me to be successful in my undertakings, I've learned to be very intentional about what I create. For example, if I plan to produce, write and record two songs tomorrow I will do it. I am not have any idea what I'm going to do yet at the end of the day these projects will be done. That is Creative Intention because I've taken a determined idea from inception to conception or knowledge to born. That is a space that many Creatives find hard to operate in; the ability to manifest something at will. Lauryn Hill is one of those Artists. There have been many instances where she recorded/performed later or didn't record/perform at all because she was not inspired. This is what many Creatives rely on; Creative Inspiration, and that is the motivating factor behind what we see. I can also operate within that space and I always remain open to ideas. The various projects, programs and initiatives that I create and partnerships I have are a combination of both intentional and inspirational creative expressions. What you see below is an example of this: 

Who are the 85%, 10% and the 5%?

   For the longest time I've wanted to do something in the realm of animation that enables me to engage youth in another way. As a Preschool Teacher and Preadolescence Program Facilitator I'm engaged with youth every day and I'm always thinking of ways to build upon that relationship. As an Author I'm presently crafting some literature within that realm of youth advocacy. Most recently I created a unique Youth Outreach Development Course for people who are interested in being a youth advocate and professional development for those who work with youth in any capacity. This has culminated in the creation and current renovation of my Atlantis School For Gifted Youngsters.

   The NEW Animation Series is just an extension of everything I do and I appreciate how well it has been received! While there are some conscious animation series out there, as a Five Percenter there is no animation series that shares our unique cultural perspective, chronology and addresses the challenges we face as a Nation. So I've created this series with the intention of filling that void and to continue moving our culture forward. If you enjoy what you're seeing and would like to support my efforts to continue creating this kind of content, please feel free to make a one time/monthly donate here: I 💓 This! It's much appreciated.

Peace,
Saladin