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://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

CyHi the Prince Drops “No Dope On Sundays” Album

It is with great honor to announce CyHi the Prynce’s album release “No Dope On Sundays”, a highly anticipated project amongst his following and a breakout moment for those who are newly introduced.

Why this is a privilege is because this MC is a hidden gem to the naked eye no longer. CyHi the Prynce comes with major bars, blending his life in the streets with growing up in the church.  For the true brethren bred in Babylon, each disciple testifies to their spiritual walk. CyHi’s “No Dope On Sundays”documents a life of parallel and paradox, inviting Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, 2-Chainz, BJ The Chicago Kid, Travis Scott, Estelle, Jagged Edge, Kanye West and Ernestine Johnson to join him on the journey.

 CyHi guides listeners through the perils of his plight to the end of a tunnel where light glows with a promise of redemption.  He takes us back to the Cocaine 80’s when women were especially vulnerable to the effects poverty, often so consumed by its challenges that there was barely the wherewithal to pay attention to one’s own body. CyHi’s mother had no idea she was pregnant with him until she was six months in, consuming drugs and alcohol in her unawareness.  At this point, his destiny was a coin toss.

As seen time and time again with black youth abandoned by the public school system, CyHi the Prynce would go on to become a student of life well before his adult years. He was kicked out of school and forced to define a new path for himself. He would utilize his three- dimensional experience of family, faith and street life as a tool to turn his life into a blessing.  All sorts of innovative outcomes are produced in Ghettoes that typically operate as a right-brain world with a left-brain mentality. Every move is life or death and requires strategy. As a result of this struggle, a thin line between Underground Hip Hop and Pop Culture is heartfelt, because a paradox exists where Black African Natives are pushed into underserved communities and treated like experiments until their “worth” is proven in Colonial American terms. Then their innovations are taken to a mainstream market and flipped into processed factory food through the chain-of-supply.  Although there is nothing wrong with reproducing something that works, CyHi notes the evolution of black culture while exploring Pan-Africanism and holding black cultural values to their own standard in ways that further elevate their communities.

 “No Dope On Sundays” is an amazing documentary that moves the spirit and still holds true to the streets.  It can be archived with other great Hip Hop projects in its integrity and ability to fuse classic Hip Hop with contemporary styles so seamlessly.   For an in-depth conversation of “No Dope On Sundays”with CyHi the Prynce, please visit NPR Radio’s coverage for more!

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