How Do We Reverse The Compulsive Need To Destroy Ourselves And Community? KTSCW
Brother Ray Hagins says that: Compulsive Behavior Syndrome means that people are literally driven to do a thing without even realizing that they are doing it—that’s what compulsive behavior is, you’re in such a tragic state of being, that you are engaging in activity without even realizing that you are participating in such activity. It’s genesis he says, is found mostly in our traumatic and oppressive history. And it is characterized by an unconscious tendency to destroy ourselves and other people as well!
Consider the following ten things which African Americans have either surrendered or lost (from the book “From The Browder File). Consider these things carefully and realize that they account for our overall lack of a sense of unity and direction.
1. We let our names go. The first step towards disorientation is to surrender your name.
2. We have surrendered our way of life (culture). We have stopped speaking the language we knew and we have stopped behaving as African people behave. We have lost our way of doing things and we have adopted the ways of people unlike ourselves.
3. We have lost our appetite because we have lost our names and our culture. Even when those among us recreate our culture and present it to us, we no longer have an appetite for it. We have a greater appetite for the culture of people other than ourselves.
4. We have a general loss of memory. Few of us can tell the story of our people without beginning it with slavery. It is as if slavery was the only thing that happened to African people.
5. We have created false memories. Not only have we lost the true memory of African people, we now have a host of other memories which are totally removed from the truth. Not only are our memories of African people untruthful, but the memories we have of Europeans are also untruthful as well. In recreating this story, we are talking about a black history lesson; we are talking about a world history lesson. African people had a major part to play in the creation of the world as we know it. We populated the world and we presented it, with it, first recorded culture.
6. We lost our land. It now seems as if we no longer have an appetite for land. We lost our land in Africa, and Africans in the Diaspora are losing what little land they once held. Anytime you lose your mooring on the land, you lose your capacity to protect your possessions.
7. We have lost our independent production capacity. We have become consumers, rather than producers. It is a shame that we don’t even produce something as simple as a “natural comb.” We have to purchase combs that are made as far away as Korea. Almost anybody should be able to make something as simple as a little piece of plastic.
8. We lost independent control of ourselves. We have little or no control of our educational process, our economic situation, our communications, or our politics.
9. We have lost sensitivity. We have lost the ability to perceive when people are doing things to us which are detrimental. We accept inaccurate perceptions without criticism.
10. As a cumulative result of all of the things, we have lost our solidarity…our unity. When we lost our unity, we lost our political advantage, economical advantage, and even our mental orientation. We lost a sense of self and a clear sense of belonging. We also lost a clear sense of wholeness, continuity, and purpose.
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