The Five W’s of: Diversity in Thought

By: Ashé Omo Aladé Olorun Lukumí Bey

14th of January, year of the holy prophet 132/1438/2019

In a world of so many ways in which we perceive our surroundings, there seem to be those things we speak into existence, subconsciously creating that which we Will into the world.  The consequences are, at times, phenomenal! We learn from one another and share the many wonders of what Mdw-ntr(Also known as “Mother Nature” or “The Word of God” in English) (Watterson, 1999, P. 182 – 188) has gifted us, resulting in the creative solutions and various art forms that are expressed through Culture. Diversity that is birthed from the variety that a colorful world has to offer is a source of great pride in the accomplishments of Mankind for the societies that stand the test of time. However, historical evidence over the course of time supports moments where the consequence of cultural mixtures and their contributive thought have turned disastrous, even destroying entire peoples and rewriting the histories and spiritual legacies of multiple nations simply by an unhealthy will to manipulate said cultures so as to rob them of their richness.

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Therefore, one begs the question;

Can Diversity in Thought withstand the test of time?

 

I chose to approach this question with the classic “5 W’s” of problem solving to ask;

 

Who, What, When, Where and Why can Diversity in Thought stand the test of time?

 

WHO is Tho(ugh)t?

  In summary, Thot is the Egyptian God of Wisdom, connected with all intellectual pursuits including Arts and Sciences.  To receive intellect, one must be open and available to receiving first. Within the cosmology of that open space, the principle of Life (or “Ankh”) ensues and one learns (Traunecker, 2001, P. 76).  Then knowledge is acquired, whereby one can create a philosophy of it, thus founding principles upon which a Cult can flourish, thus resulting in a Cult-ure. Thot is the scribe of the Gods and wrote the 42 books with all wisdoms of the world, who also wore the crescent Moon upon its head (Watterson, 1999, P. 182 – 188).  This concept is important in understanding the roots of the word “Thought”.

 

WHAT is Thought?

  Thought is the Creator and the Will to create (Traunecker, 2001, P. 76). In the coffin texts, Ptah the Creator conceived “in his body” and pronounced “with his mouth”.  The human organ which is said to seat “Thought” is the Heart, and the organ which is said to seat “Speech” is the Tongue. Universal Wisdom interprets that “The Heart & Tongue control all limbs… every mouth of all gods, people, animals, every living, creeping thing, thinking and pronouncing everything they desire”.  According to the legend, the role of the heart is a conduit of information from the three senses (sight, hearing, and smell), causing the emergence of every conclusion (Traunecker, 2001, P. 78 – 79).  Therefore it is by means of the Tongue that the thoughts of the Heart are passed on, thus Conception occurs, and that is this process of when the Heart and Tongue conspire as one to create what is called “Thought

 

WHAT is Diversity in Thought?

  If Diversity is defined as “the condition of having or being composed of different elements” (noun. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 2019), this would mean that the creator and the will to create (aka “Thought”) must be in the condition of having or being composed of various features in order to contain diversity in its thought.  Therefore, diversity in thought is when the Creator and the Will to create become the freedom to think independently and uniquely amongst those who create an atmosphere where diversity in thought is the will of its creators and is respected as such.

 

WHEN is there Diversity in Thought?

  When there is a respect, or “due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others” (noun. Oxford American College Dictionary, 2019) maintained by a wisdom, or “ the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment” (noun.Oxford American College Dictionary, 2019), present therein lies diversity in thought.   While the Greeks pulled a predominant amount of their knowledge from the Egyptians, there was a mutual respect for the laws of nature for a moment in time and there was Peace, which ensures by the very ways of Nature itself that all living things (including Animals, Insects, Etc…) are entitled to self-determination or the right to define oneself.  When the principles of respect and wisdom meet self-determination wherever present is when there is diversity in thought.

 

WHERE is Diversity in Thought present?

  In civilized societies where respect is mutually given and received.  Civilization exists when a highly developed society or culture shows evidence of moral and intellectual advancement in humane, reasonable, and ethical ways; marked by refinement in taste and manners.  (adj. Your Dictionary, 2019) Respect is given and received where wisdom and freedom intersect to allow space for diversity. Where wisdom, freedom, and diversity are met with moral and intellectual advancement is where diversity in thought is present.

 

WHY is there Diversity in Thought when it is present?

  There is diversity in thought to promote variety and advance evolution. Because Beings are entitled to Self – Determination and have the innate drive to define themselves by the environment and/or cultures with which they identify, there is diversity in thought.  Within this, where there is respect, creativity is colorfully celebrated in the many ways in which it is diverse, which is when it is present. This advances evolution by offering the trade of innovative creations, which all Creation contributes toward as a whole and hungers for as part of its growth.

 

Finally, can Diversity in Thought withstand the test of time?

Although we are diverse in the many ways in which we branch out from the Tree of Life, we are ultimately the same at the root.  And if life is a circle, are we simply sharing various interpretations of the Karmic life lesson as one? Perhaps the reason why Humans repeat the same patterns with predictive results is because of our Human Ntr. However one thing seems for sure, and that is the reality that all things evolve and will forever be diversewhether it is of personal preference to us or not.

Each of us are like a grain of sand in this large Universe that is simply a reflection of Diversity in Thought.    If the Creator and the Will to create manifests the freedomto think independently and uniquely amongst those who’ve created an atmosphere where self-determination is respected and maintained by wisdom and expressed in a civilized manner, we can conclude that harmony will strike its chord and Diversity in Thought is guaranteed to stand the test of time.

 

References:

 

  • Traunecker, C. (2001). The Gods of Egypt

 

  • Watterson, B. (1999). Gods of Ancient Egypt

 

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From https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversity

 

  • 2019. In Oxforddictionaries.com.Retrieved Jan 14, 2019,

From https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/respect

 

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From https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/wisdom

 

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From https://www.yourdictionary.com/civilized

El Prez DeCyphers 20 Karats on the Wrist!

 

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South Cali rapper El Prez recently released his song and video for 20 Karats On The Wrist, a double entendre in its lyrics and imagery. A wavy Cali instrumental beneath a smooth flow so signature to West Coast Rap delivers his message like a double-sided coin, lending this aspirational record its character. The song teeters a tightrope between the highest of highs and lowest of lows, dreams and nightmares of reaching the top and facing the fear of failure, yet choosing to courageously climb and move mountains despite one’s obstacles.  Perseverance is the only thing that sets us apart from our highest achievements, and only those willing to trust the journey succeed.

I asked El Prez to DeCypher a sentimental verse from his song Lose Some, Win Some that brought a conversation of perseverance to mind:

“ This’ for those without no recognition //

And all the kids who’s just too broke to even pay attention//

They think nobody hear ‘em screamin’ //

But just know I’m listenin’//

Don’t have no pennies for that well //

But please keep on wishin’ ”

   It sparked in me the thought of how often I come up against this idea that there should be no reason why people cannot succeed in an era of instant access to information. “Telling someone things are out there in an age where everyone should have ‘access to resources’ is not enough” says El Prez, “Kids need to be led to The Well to know it exists and that it’s there. My nephew came home one day in middle school and asked for help because the teacher had to pool money together to get supplies! When I attended that school it was never like that. But that’s how it is for kids these days, and so you have a lot of kids that might give up and block it all out, or they will switch into that other person, and we don’t want people to do that. A lot of kids don’t have a path to the Lake to drink, so they need guidance. We can complain or come up with our own solutions so we have to provide the kinds that go into action”

  The astounding discrepancies in our public schools when it comes to the youth not having enough school supplies hardly makes sense, considering the ample amount of tax dollars our city collects (which should more than solve the issue), yet we barely seem to see these funds trickle down past support services in such ways that struggling communities can help themselves. However, El Prez shares a golden key to unlock Success for any one, anywhere, at any time, and it boils down to standing in the confidence of one’s destiny;

 “I don’t chase dreams //

I let dreams chase me”

he says in his song 20 Karats on the Wrist. “The line is spoken to myself as much as everybody else. Especially in Entertainment, you find the most peace within yourself by letting things happen. Just because one person’s success is that person’s success doesn’t define what is meant to be your success. So just be yourself because when you do what you do, the opportunities will pop up when your time comes. Could take 10 years, could take 10 months but just be sure to stay prepared. Take your natural course and tap into your natural abilities to execute and deliver your best. I let my dreams fuel me, rather than getting stuck in fueling the dream and neglecting the Art whenever the business gets overwhelming. You can’t help no one else if you can’t help yourself, so it’s important to learn how to monetize your career. You don’t have to chase your audience though, because they will catch up to you. It’s good to keep a little mystique sometimes.”

   You can find more of @elprezdela at elprez.bandcamp.com where his latest record with @jettimasstyr  for a Belly tribute entitled “So Sincere” pays homage to the classic film and its lead character, Sincere.

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