If this is the African way….

If this is the African Way, it explains a great deal about modern Africa.

My daughter, in her history class at school, has been spending some weeks on African history.  Not Egyptian history, but African history.  I mention this distinction because my daughter has noted that there’s very little material there.  They’re mostly being taught to memorize proverbs.

I don’t mean comment to be a swipe at Africa, but more of a notation about the fact that writing is truly what distinguishes successful civilizations in the past from unsuccessful ones.  The ones that thrived and that were able to impose themselves on others, and that were able to live in memory long after their people and buildings sank into dust, were the ones with writing.  That’s true for the Jews, certainly, whose book has kept them alive for longer than any other single culture.  It’s true for the Greeks and the Romans, and for the Christian culture, and for the Chinese and Japanese cultures.  No writing, means no history.  All you’ve got then , are proverbs.  And in the case of Africa, incredible, horrific, self-directed brutality.

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  1. 11B40 says

    Greetings:
    Just as every day in America was Thanksgiving until the White Man came, every day was Kwanzaa in most of Africa until the White Man came.  Or, maybe not.
    I’ve been reading Ibn Waraaq’s “Defending the West” lately and that book has pretty much confirmed a thought that has been circulating through the remainder of my functioning synapses.  The Liberal Republican Democracy idea is not a worldwide cultural concept.  Just as Whites are a minority of the world’s population, so too are our governing concepts.  These concepts did not develop or coalesce in the Americas or in Asia or in Africa.  They started in the eastern Mediterranean basin and moved northwestward over a couple of millennia until they came to their fruition in England and France. It is deplorable that so much of our leadership is unwilling or unable to shout it from the rooftops.
     

  2. Zhombre says

    Damn PC rubbish.  Our own Judeo-Christian, Graeco-Roman heritage is being diminished and cast aside for the sake of Diversity so kids can memorize a handful of African proverbs.  It’s pure folly.  I’ve been taking a survey course lately on CD on Roman history,  with supplementary reading, and I don’t see how the essentials of the US system of government is comprehensible w/o knowledge of its Roman Republican antecedents.  I fear the West has institutionalized ignorance and amnesia, and this is only going to lead us into a ditch.

  3. says

    This is no different than Democrats destroying the reputation of Republicans, in order to convince people that black is right.
     
     
    Case reference: Helen Losse.
     
    Destroy the pride of people and they don’t become ‘free of totalitarian writ and parochial prejudices”. Rather, what they become are lap dogs eager to lick the hand of any master that will have them. It’s sad, but what can you do. People aren’t free because we give them freedom. They become one with liberty by choosing liberty, but that’s hard to do without security or when you’re on the plantation and the master will kill you if you disobey. What kind of choices are those.

  4. Mike Devx says

    Ymar #5:
    > People aren’t free because we give them freedom. They become one with liberty by choosing liberty, but that’s hard to do without security or when you’re on the plantation and the master will kill you if you disobey. What kind of choices are those.

    Well, Y, choosing liberty when the choice is easy isn’t saying much.  Choosing liberty under threat, when the choice involves pain, retribution, revenge, even death… now you’re talking.  Obama will place us under financial chains, definitely, but he’s not one of the real totalitarian baddies.  He may only be paving the way.  We may in the future face  a situation where even our declarations here for liberty carry a hefty price.  Then we’ll see.

  5. Mike Devx says

    OR else we could all submit, choosing only to complain, such as we see in England, where for all the occasional word of alarm, they’re slipping quietly and calmly into the dark, neverending night.  Will we do the same, surrendering without a fight, when our time comes?
     

  6. says

    Well, Y, choosing liberty when the choice is easy isn’t saying much.
     
    Actually, it says a lot.
     
     
    http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/11/what-a-great-story.html
     
    That guy had an easy life, certainly compared to those that didn’t make it out of Vietnam.
     
     
    Most of America’s complacency isn’t due to choosing to value, love, and defend liberty. It’s them choosing to stay in the status quo and hope nothing drastic in their life changes. That’s not defending liberty, that’s defending the status quo: the reactionary forces.
     
     
    When people in totalitarian societies choose to defend liberty, they are communicating their intimate values. What they will or will not die for, what they will or will not live under.
     
    Those that see the product of liberty but aren’t required to sacrifice to defend it, when they choose to defend liberty, it is because they are vigilant and pro-active. They think far ahead and choose to pay a debt that they could have shuffled off to others or the next generation even.
     
     
     

  7. says

    It’s not just writing. You have to have an idea that your identity is wrapped up in more than just yourself, or your  family, or your tribe. or your clan.
    And you must have respect and mutual tolerance, and believe in the equality before the law, of those whom are *not* of your own.

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