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Happy 88th Birthday to James Baldwin. You continue to inspire

In Authors, Culture, Philosophies and Opinions, Politics, the World on 02/08/2012 at 11:58

James Baldwin was born on this day in 1924. He was a public intellectual, a civil and human rights freedom fighter and a literary giant.  In his honour here are a few of his quotes:

  • “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”
  • “Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.”
  • “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
  • “Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.”

R.I.P. good brother. You spirit, wisdom and intellect is sorely missed.

R.I.P. Steven Covey

In Business, Culture, Leadership, Philosophies and Opinions on 18/07/2012 at 10:47

 

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life’s principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.

Habit 3: Put First Things First
Prioritize, plan, and execute your week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate whether your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you toward goals, and enrich the roles and relationships that were elaborated in Habit 2.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Genuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving.

Habit 6: Synergize
Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. Get the best performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes on exercise for physical renewal, prayer (mediation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to the society for spiritual renewal.

~ Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Rest in peace.

RANDOM THOUGHT: Why Does My Free Thinking Bother You So Much?

In About Me, Consider This, Culture, Philosophies and Opinions on 16/05/2012 at 11:29

Do I threaten you because I question, seek understanding and clarity before accepting? Is it really so scary to you that I reject many things taught to me as a child, now that I’m an adult educated, exposed and experienced enough to know better? What’s the problem?  Or are you simply threaten by the fact that I am more confident in what I KNOW than you are in what you say you believe?

Fascism is DANGEROUS no matter the form, big or small, governmental or one-on-one. Thought control is DANGEROUS.  Limited perspective is DANGEROUS.  Unwillingness to accept new realities and adapt is DANGEROUS.  It limits the progression of our species.  There is absolutely NOTHING dangerous about Free Thinking. Free thinking is liberty, justice, takes courage and speaks to the true concept and notion of FREEDOM.

If I have to be controlled by those limited in perspective in order for you to feel comfortable in my presence I suggest you move on.  Find others who share you limited world-view.  Because that’s not a freedom I’m interested in, it’s slavery and I WILL NEVER BE A SLAVE as long I live.  I will fight you and those who think like you with EVERY weapon at my disposal.

Now that we understand where each other stands.  The line in the proverbial sand is drawn and it’s time to do battle.  In the words of my favourite Marvel Comic character Thor, “Have at thee”!!!  That’s all, carry on…

Study Finds HBCU Faculty Are More Supportive of Students Than Faculty at Other Schools

In Philosophies and Opinions on 08/05/2012 at 18:40

“A study by scholars at Indiana University finds that faculty members at historically Black colleges and universities are more likely than their peers at predominately White institutions to engage in “educationally purposeful” activities both in and outside the classroom.

Lead author Tom Nelson Laird stated, “Compared to their counterparts at the PWIs in this study, faculty at HBCUs viewed their campuses as more supportive of students, used active classroom practices more, placed greater importance on reflective learning, and placed greater emphasis on personal and social responsibility.”

HBCUs frequently state that they offer a nurturing environment where Black students can excel and where they do not have to be concerned with bias from other students or faculty.

Professor Nelson Laird states that his study “supports the idea that there is something particularly supportive about HBCUs. It likely has more to do with their approach to teaching and support and is not all about students relationships with others on campus.”” (cont. The Journal of Blacks In Higher Education)

Was Beethoven Black? Was His African Heritage Whitewashed?

In Culture, Philosophies and Opinions on 08/05/2012 at 13:32

Louis Letronne, Beethoven, 1814, pencil drawing

“In the 15th and 16th century, written history underwent a massive campaign of misinformation and deception. With the European slave trade in full swing, Africans were transported to various parts of the world and were stripped of every aspect of their humanity, and in most of western civilization, were no longer considered human. This triggered a wholesale interpretation of history that methodically excluded Africans from any respectful mention, other than a legacy of slavery. This can result in being taught, or socialized, from one perspective. In this instance, historical information tends to flow strictly from a European perspective.

In an age where history is seriously being rewritten, new information is coming forth that is shocking intellectual sensitivities. What was once considered written in stone is now melting away with the discovery of facts that heretofore have been hidden or omitted; things so different that they are generally classified as controversial or unusual.

That brings us to the topic of this post; the true identity of Ludwig van Beethoven, long considered Europe’s greatest classical music composer.  Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe–making Spain their capital–for some 800 years.

In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion.:” (cont. Open Salon)

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