United Black America is proud to take a pause in our regularly scheduled programming to bring you another guest post from H.A. Jabar of Jabar International.
Mr. Jabar has written two articles for us, including Consistent and Constant, and is the author of the fantastic ebook, The Well Made Man. We are proud and honored to have an intellectual giant such as Mr. jabar offering us his insight and knowledge. Enjoy the article!
We spend every day walking on top of the Earth, giving no thought to the fact that that is where we come from. The Earth is our home planet, but in addition it is where we originate from and it is where we return to. Our bones are from the stone of the Earth. Our organs and skin are from the vegetation of the Earth. The same chemical makeup that is found in the Earth is the same chemical makeup found in man and woman. Studying subjects that pertain to the Earth (whether it is geology, geography, chemistry, or botany) is equivalent to studying self. Self is of extreme value.
Self can be thought of as body. Self can be thought of as mind, personality, or the unique characteristics associated with each individual. ‘Self’ is also associated to history- meaning where we came from and how we got to where we are today. Know our ‘self’ and knowing the history of self is a prerequisite knowledge in determining the success of our future. If one does not know where he or she comes from, how could they effectively understand where they are? If you don’t understand where you are, how do you fully understand where you are attempting to go?
Where we have been is in the Earth. There is more to our ‘self’ than our material makeup, however understanding our material makeup grants us knowledge and ability to create a better life for our ‘self’. The Earth is of extreme value, but the self is of greater value. Have you ever heard of a million dollar home or a million dollar piece of land? What value would you put on ‘self’?
Everything that we see around us comes up out of the Earth. The food that we eat is grown from the earth. Some of us eat meat, and those animals were grown by eating food that came from the earth. The materials that we build our homes with come from the earth. The clothes that we wear come from animals that, again, eat food grown from the earth. The Earth is the provider of all human necessities. If we do not own any Earth (land) then we are incapable of providing the basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter for our ‘self’.
The unfortunate truth for Blacks in America is that we are dependent upon others for food, clothing, and shelter, because we do not own enough land to provide for ourselves. We are dependent upon the grocery store, large retailers like Wal-Mart, and homebuilders to provide for us what we could provide for ourselves if we owned land and lots of it. Land has been fought for in nearly every war, due to the resources that it provides; whether oil, minerals, or just a strategic route to another location.
If we truly desire freedom, justice, and equality we must acquire land. We must have our own cows to provide the leather for our belts, coats, and shoes. We must grow cotton and raise sheep to provide cotton and wool for clothing. We must own fertile areas of land to grow our own food.
We can each start by growing vegetables in our back yard or participating in a community garden. Food is getting more and more expensive, and America is experiencing a drought with no end in sight. Let us show that we value ‘self’ by providing the basic necessities required to maintain ‘self’.
H.A. Jabar is an Author, Speaker, Trainer, Entrepreneur, and Youth Advocate. He is also author of the premier self-help book, A Well Made Man: Building The Temple Of Self (get it here!)
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