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April 30, 2006

What should we do with Africans?

by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Not long ago, I was thinking about Africans and their status in the world. It occurred to me that, in aggregate terms, they have contributed very little of significance to human civilization.

In fact, I cannot remember anything seminal that they contributed to human civilization: the wheel, written language, electricity, train, automobile, airplane, telephone, television, radio, transistor radio, computer, internet, microwave ovens and digitalization.

I cannot think of anything useful in the world of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics that Africans have given to mankind. All that I can give Africans credit for is their contribution in popular music, such as Jazz, rhythm and blues and good athleticism.

All that seems to come out of contemporary Africa is draughts, diseases, death and suffering, political corruption and senseless tribal wars. I see wars motivated by egoism, some egos wanting to stay in office forever, fighting other egos, those that want to replace them in office, while both do nothing to serve society’s interests.
Africa and Africans seem just like one big mess and an unnecessary headache for mankind. The whole world is made to feel guilty because of Africans perpetual sufferings and out of guilt help them with monetary and food aid.
And that aid is often redirected into the pockets of Africa’s so-called leaders. The leaders seem sociopath, amoral and lacking in conscience and do not care one bit for the suffering of their people. Give them money to help their suffering people and they spend it on themselves and show no remorse for stealing what was meant for other people. African leaders seem like criminals, really, they seem to enjoy hurting their own people. They seem like one giant refuse that ought to be dumped into a garbage dump and allowed to rot there.

In light of the fact that nothing good seems to come out of Africa and only bad comes out of Africa, I began to think: would it not be better for mankind if all Africans are wiped out from the surface of the earth?
We have enough nuclear bombs to do the job, don’t we? Why not drop these bombs on strategic locations in Africa and wipe all Africans out, so that mankind is finally rid of an unproductive race?
If we did that Africa would become a game reserve and folks can go to the continent to go watch animals roam in the wild.

Unfortunately, the very bombs that would kill Africans would kill animals, too, and that is not good, for we want the animals to survive; animals seem better than unproductive Africans; animals give us joy from looking at them, while looking at starving Africans give us guilt.

So, instead of using the bomb to kill off vermin, as Adolf Hitler called them, why don’t we urge hunters from all over the world to go to Africa and shoot and kill Africans and leave animals alive?
This ugly chore would save us a lot of future headache. We would no longer have to worry about poverty brought about by a people who seem to have no clue as to how to govern themselves.

Obviously, this thought of wiping all Africans off the surface of the earth is dreadful. But dreadful as it may be, I am sure that some people do think along that line? White racists and terrorists like David Duke have articulated thoughts along that line.

If so, shouldn’t we think about it and understand why they should think so? More importantly, wouldn’t it be useful for Africans to know that some human beings would want to wipe them off this earth and why they want to do so? Perhaps, that knowledge would enable them to finally get their acts together, so as to prevent themselves from being wiped off the earth?

Actually, if Africans continue to be unable to govern themselves, to make their continent a mess, sooner or later, someone will attempt to get rid of them. Mark that down.

(I just asked for other people to destroy Africans. How is it that people always ask for others to destroy them when they could just as well do that to themselves if they wanted to die? If one wanted to die one could easily kill ones self and does not need to get others involved. Africans can kill themselves and do not need to get others involved in their death.

Jesus, too, had to get other people involved in his death. If he wanted to die and resurrect, destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, he could have killed himself and then resurrected in three days and not have to get Judas, the High Priests, Pontius Pilate, and other people involved in his apparent death wish. He did not have to get others to feel guilty from killing him when he could have done himself in. Two thousand years after his death, the Catholic Church is still making folks feel guilty for killing God’s allegedly innocent son.

Seriously, why do people who want to die want to get other people to take the responsibility for killing them? Could it be that deep down we want to see ourselves as innocent victims of others cruelty? Could it be that we want to see ourselves as good and others as bad?
Do we want to condemn other people, and say: look at what they did to us, they are no good, they ought to be punished and we ought not to be punished? Could it be that deep down the ego wants to feel innocent and condemn other egos as guilty?
It is us who separated from the whole and, as such, attacked ourselves; it is us who shattered reality into smithereens and each of us identify with a piece of it. It is us who victimized ourselves. We did this thing to ourselves; we brought our suffering to ourselves.
If we brought about our own suffering and have nobody to blame, why shift the blame to others? Why do we like to blame others? Adam blamed Eve and she blamed the Serpent, and, today, we are still looking for a scapegoat to blame for our bad behaviors. Kill yourself if that is what you want to do, but, please, do not ask other people to do so for you. Alas, life is immortal and there is no one to kill.)


I am an African. Wiping off all Africans from the surface of this earth would mean wiping me off, too!
Psychoanalytically, it could be said that what I am really saying is that I am no good, that I have contributed nothing to human civilization and, as such, ought to be killed off! It could be said that I deny this desire to destroy myself and then project what I think of me to those most like me, Africans, and say that they have contributed nothing to human civilization hence ought to be killed off.
If you proceed with this line of reasoning, you would, ultimately, conclude that what I wish for myself and for Africans that I also wish for all mankind: that I want all mankind destroyed. The logical conclusion to that manner of thinking is that one sees ones self and all mankind as imperfect and wants to destroy them.
Old Sigmund Freud saw this phenomenon as Thanatos, the death wish which he believed lies deep rooted in all people. We build things to destroy them, don’t we? We want to destroy ourselves?

I am sure that there are Africans who may not agree with my assessment that they have contributed nothing to human civilization, who, indeed, may conclude that they have contributed a lot to human civilization. Obviously, there are Africans who do not want to be killed off, as I want them to be killed off. Nigerians, despite their inability to do anything right, are judged the world’s happiest people; they (that is, their egos) love life so much that they do not want to die. In fact, they are so afraid of physical death that they do not challenge their criminal leaders, or if they do and the leaders kill a few of them, the rest of them run and go hide to preserve their cowardly existence. If they were not afraid of death, they would fight and, if necessary, get killed rather than live under the criminals at Abuja that misrule them.

THE ROOT OF SELF HATRED

If I want to be killed off, does this not represent the height of self hatred? One must hate ones self so bad to want to be killed? What brought about this self hatred and what can be done about it?
Let us see why I could possibly hate myself. I was born with spondilolysis and have always felt physically and psychologically weak. As a child, I walked for over fifty miles and my legs felt on fire and thereafter went numb for a couple of days. I felt totally embarrassed by this situation where I could not even stand on my legs.
While in college, I obtained a summer job at a fruit packing factory (Agripack) and had to stand on my feet for eight hours doing that assembly line work. After a few days of doing that job, enduring excruciating pain on my legs and back, my feet went numb and eventually “died”. My waist felt like lead and I could not stand up.
A year later, a friend of mine drove cab during the summer and told me that it is an easy job and asked me to try it out. A week into that job, my legs felt on fire and eventually went numb on me and I had to quit driving cab.
During my final year in college, I worked at a store where I had to stand up on my feet, eight hours a day. Again, my legs felt so pained that I had to quit after only a few days of working.
As a result of these physiological and or medical issues, I sought easy jobs, such as office jobs.

My body is vulnerable and I have always hated it. My weak body, in an epiphenomenal way, probably determined my thinking patterns, and certainly determined my personality (avoidant personality).
The human self, the ego, it seems, is epiphenomenal to the body; the processes of the body produced it? The state of the individual’s body, his inherited biochemistry and biophysics interacting with his physical and social environment seem to produce his personality?
As long as a human being sees himself as a body and sees his mind as separated from other minds, he must necessarily feel that his body determined his mind. This is the world’s logic.

On the other hand, if the individual withdraws from his identification with his body and separation he can enter a different realm where he knows that mind determines his body; but as long as he identifies with his body and our world and its logic, he must see himself as a product of his body, and must see himself as a victim of external circumstances; he cannot see himself as the person who chooses what happens to him.

I hate and reject my body; there is no doubt about that fact. In fact, I was aware of my hatred of my body by age six. In (Alfred) Adlerian psychological terms, my body is weak and was unable to adapt to the exigencies of this world hence made me feel psychologically inferior and I rejected it and seek to become a psychologically superior self, a self that successfully coped with the impersonal realities of the physical and social environment.
In Karen Horney’s psychological terms, I felt inadequate and used my imagination to desire feeling perfect and ideal. My ego self concept, that is, my psychological self, as opposed to my physical self, wants to feel ideal at all times.

TWO LEVELS OF CONFLICT

I have two levels of conflict in my life: I have conflict between the unified self (our spirit real self) and the separated self (the physical real self); Christ (unified self) and ego (separated self). Every human being has this level of conflict.
Additionally, I have conflict between the ego and the ego ideal. My seeking to become an ego ideal compounded the degree of my conflict. Thus, I lived in intense tension.

The ego ideal is, of course, never going to be actualized, for the ideal is not possible in a world circumscribed by space, time and matter. The ego ideal is a will of the wisp.

Normal persons have only one level of conflict: the conflict between their unified self (real self) and the separated ego self (earthly false self). They do not have the additional conflict between their ego and ideal ego, for they accept their ego-body and do not seek to become ideal ego (or seek ego ideal in a muted, unconscious manner).
Normal persons accept their bodies and egos as real and live peacefully with them. They see their minds as epiphenomenal to their bodies and may or may not mouth belief in God. If they mouth belief in God, they do not really wonder how God, supposedly spirit, could be in their bodily lives.


THE METAPHYSICAL SOLUTION

One can reject ones body and ego as not real and escape from the world of matter, space and time. One can negate the empirical world and identify with the spiritual world; that world is not adaptive to the exigencies of our empirical world.
It takes total forgiveness and love to escape from the empirical world and return to the non empirical world of spirit.


FAMILY PERSONALITY TYPE

My personality and life, so far, is like my father’s and my grandfather’s. All of us feel physically weak, reject our empirical bodies, invent ego ideals as replacement selves and pursue attaining them.
We are not empiricists and physical scientists who concentrate only on the observable, the objective world and deal with it without escaping into imaginary mental constructs of ideal selves and worlds.
We reject our bodies and escape into imaginary ideal selves; we seek ego ideals. Karen Horney calls this phenomenon neurosis. (See her book, Neurosis and Human Growth.)

The pursuit of ego ideals is what gives our lives meaning and value. As long as we pursue our ego ideals, our lives seem to have purpose, meaning and direction.

But the realization that the ego ideal is not going to occur since it is mere imagination leads to despair. When this reality hits one, the underlying self hatred then comes to the fore hence the desire to be killed, projected out as desire for Africans to be killed.
(All those who want to seem like they are very important persons, VIPs, narcissists, are, at root, depressed persons; they mask their depression with their pursuit of vain-glory goals. When failure hits them they experience devastating depression. All those narcissistic cum antisocial Nigerian big men are, at root, depressed creatures; deep down they feel inadequate and useless and mask their self loathing with seeming external self admiration. The various empty titles they give to themselves, such as Professor, Dr, Chief, Alhaji do nothing, are attempts to mask their underlying sense of worthlessness. They bedeck their bodies in gold jewelry, bodies that would die and rot and smell to high heaven. They must, at some level, know that body is nothing and that identification with body is identification with nothingness. Only Spirit has value and is eternal and identification with it gives human beings true grandeur, not the grandiosity of the ego. Body and ego are worthless and valueless and seeing ones self as only them means that one judges ones self as nothing important.)


THE SCIENTIFIC SOLUTION

One has the choice of the scientific solution, that is, accepts matter as all there is to life, and studies it and makes the most of ones bodily existence. This is where physical scientists are; they see the human body as real and as all there is to human beings; more importantly, they see mind and thinking as a product of the body, as epiphenomenal.
Thus, if there is something wrong with the body, it produces disturbances in thinking. If the body is improved it produces better thinking. This is the assumption of contemporary neuroscience and psychopharmacology.
It is now assumed that mental illness is a product of disturbances in brain chemistry and that they could be cured through medications. And make no mistake about it; medications that alter brain chemistry do improve people’s thinking patterns. The neuroleptics do reduce psychotic thinking; Lithium does reduce manic thinking, anti depressants do lift folks from depressive thinking; the anxiolytics do reduce anxiety based thinking.
The logic of psychotropic medications is that human beings are only their bodies and that their thinking and mind is produced by their bodies; that all is matter.
Material monism has, as it were, won the battle with its rival, idealistic monism. God is dead and matter has triumphed.
The Son of God is now only his body and, if so, his father must be dead, for if his father is spirit, how can his son be body?

THE METAPHYSICAL SOLUTION

The other choice is the paradigm that mind is apart from body and determines what body does. This view believes that there are no accidents in the universe, even in the material universe and that mind chooses what body experiences; that mind, in fact, chose the type of body one has hence chose what it felt and chose its resultant personality.
One, in effect, chose a weak body and ones resultant pursuit of ego ideal. But since pursuit of ego ideal leads to not doing what needs to be done in the empirical world to adapt to it, hence inevitably leads to failure and poverty, one chose ones poverty.
One can then choose to relinquish the ego ideal and either accept the empirical self or escape from the empirical world into the spiritual world.

MY EXTANT REALITY

Regardless of what ones approach to phenomena is, in the here and now world, what is self evident to me is that I want things to be better than they are. This means that I tend to admire those who seem better than me.
In school, I admired kids who seemed stronger than me and who seemed smarter than me. In general society, I tend to admire persons that seem ahead of me. In Africa, I admired those groups that seem more civilized than others, or those persons who seem more civilized and or richer than other persons.
I, in the West, I tend to admire White persons more than I admire black persons, for they seem ahead of black persons in material culture.
But when I come into close contact with white persons they seem as silly as black persons are, and I immediately reject them; from afar, I admire white persons but in close proximity I loathe them, as much as I loathe black folks.

The truth is that I do not like anything in flesh; I want to be disembodied, without flesh; I want to be spirit, not body.


ADOLF HITLER’S SELF HATRED PROJECTED OUT AND DENIED

In his biography, Mein Kampf, written in 1925, Adolf Hitler raved and ranted about the need to destroy what he believed were the unproductive races of mankind. As he saw it, only the Aryan race, particularly the Germanic portion of it, has made significant contributions to human civilization and the others have not.
He felt that he was god and was entitled to make the decision as to who lives and dies. He decided that non Aryans ought to die. And Hitler fully expected those he deemed worthy of death to accept to be killed by him without doing something about it. He was actually surprised that the Slavs, Russians, fought back and eventually defeated him. The man was a psychotic god and believed that other people ought to believe what his delusion tells them to believe because he is god. But he was no god and the Russians told him so in no uncertain terms.
The mouse that shook its arms at the sun committed suicide in his underground burrow before Russians; those he claimed are inferior, got to him, arrested and placed him in a zoo for people to gawk at an aberration of a human being. (Only a sense of oneness, sameness and equality is healthy mental state; if one feels different from and inferior or superior to other people one is mentally sick.)
Most reasonable people probably dismissed Hitler’s views as grandiose and delusional (Hitler was a paranoid cum antisocial personality disordered man) and did not take them seriously. Then he came to power and implemented his views.
Hitler tried to kill off Slavs and Jews, the mentally and physically handicapped and homosexuals. By the time he was finally stopped, he had killed over 50 million persons.
And when his empire of cards collapsed in on him, he gave others to his architect, Albert Speer, for all Germany to be destroyed. Finally, he took his own life.
In effect, this man was a nihilist and detested life; he wanted to destroy all life, his own life, the life of his fellow Germans and the life of every one else.
(Existentialists like Jean Paul Sartre would say that life made Hitler puke and vomit; that he was nauseated by the human condition, but did not have the intellectual training to understand what was going on in his mind and merely acted it out; that with a bit more sophistication that he would have redirected his disgust with human beings to doing something to serve them. I am disgusted with human beings; I redirect my nausea into social service.)
Apparently, Hitler hated his body and his life and initially denied his self hatred and projected it out as hatred of seeming other persons. For a while, he concentrated on hating others but when finally he was made to own up to his hatred of life on earth, he showed hatred of his own people and hatred of his own life and wanted to destroy them all.

The lesson of Hitler is that some persons hate themselves and hate other people but may deny and project their self hatred to hatred of other people and that seems to hide their underlying self hatred. Eventually, their underlying self hatred would come out and they commit suicide.
(The racist white person, in fact, hates his life; he redirects his self hatred to hatred of non-whites, but when that fails in masking his underlying hatred of human life he kills himself. If he could be helped to understand why he hates human life, his perception that human life is worthless and valueless and that there is nothing to like in it, and helped to seek that which has true value, spirit, God, he would be given reason not to hate himself and other people, black or white.)

Clearly, I tend to believe that Africans have contributed nothing important to human civilization. I tend to see Africans as consumers and not producers. They have produced very little of significance in civilization. Their existence seems superfluous and they ought to die? When I see an African, I see nothing important; to me, Africans seem like a heap of garbage. I do not have respect for Africans.
(This translates into: I see myself as a heap of garbage; I do not have respect for me.)
In effect, I have made myself god and now has the power to decide who has worth and who lives and who dies! This is ego grandiose power, a false power.
Grandiose or not, who knows whether if I had power I would implement my desire for Africans to be killed, to save mankind of the eye sore that is Africans and their constant starvation?
Never dismiss people’s wishes. We ought to understand why people have the wishes they have rather than cavalierly dismiss them.

Why do I want to kill off those who seem imperfect and not ideal? Put differently, why do human beings want to kill off the imperfect and the not ideal? Why do some human beings seek the ideal and detest the real?
No human being is perfect and if you insist on accepting them only when they are perfect, you will not accept any of them. Ultimately, you have to wipe off all human beings, black, white and oriental. That is the logic of the pursuit of neurotic or psychotic idealism.
Can human beings be made to give up seeking idealism and accept realism? What is realism?


METAPHYSICS

According to some metaphysics, the ego self is man made and is made to replace the self God created us as, the real self, the unified spirit self. (See Helen Schucman, A Course In Miracles.)
The individual sees the separated ego self as not good enough (perhaps, due to its physical weakness and illnesses and wants to replace it with a mentally invented ideal self, the ego ideal. He then pursues that ego ideal, trying to make it become real.
Pursuit of the ego ideal gives the individual’s life seeming purpose, meaning and direction; all false, that is, neurotic purpose, meaning and direction. Pursuit of ideal self and its goals give the individual insane meaning, purpose and direction in his life.

Real and sane meaning lies in pursuing actualization of the real self, the self God made us as, the unified spirit self.
In the extant world, however, normalcy lie in actualization of the ego-body self, not the ideal self. The ideal self is imaginary and false self hence is neurotic and or psychotic self actualization. The mad man claims to be who he is not in fact, an imaginary important self. The normal person accepts who he is in fact: an ordinary weak person and does not seek escape from it into some imaginary all powerful self.
Giving up the neurotic and or psychotic ego ideal and seeking the real unified spirit self, Christ self, gives peace of mind and joy of heart, whereas the pursuit of the ego ideal gives neurotics tension and conflict.
(Christ unified spirit self cannot be actualized in this world of space, time and matter; it can only be actualized in the world of spirit; in this world, at best, the normal self, that is, the ego-body accepting self can be actualized.)


CHARACTER CHANGE

It is clear that my old self, my character, personality, my ego or whatever you may choose to call it, invented an ego ideal and wants to approximate it.
A new self for me would be one that did not seek to be an ideal self. Pursuit of the old ideal self gave me pain and yet it was unattainable hence gave me frustration, too. It is pursuing an imaginary ideal, an illusion, a mental illness, insanity that gives nothing but pain, lack of inner peace, constant judgment of the real to see if it approximates the ideal; pride in being like the ideal; identifying with the ideal and from its stand point speaking and behaving, hence being foolish, immature and childish, for it is speaking and acting from an unreal and imaginary self.

FALSE HUMILITY

Refusal to be called by my academic title, Doctor, may, at first, seem an attempt to be humble but I am anything but humble. I am a proud person. Pursuit of the ego ideal is an attempt to be important.

Not wanting to be called by my academic attainment is, in fact, childishness, for it enabled me to remain indecisive, immature and not commit to doing what I studied to the best of my ability, as an adult ought to be doing. I remained uncommitted and felt like I could do everything, and that way satisfied my ego ideal’s belief that it could do anything it wanted to do.

The fact is that in this world, a person can only do a few things, not too many things. For one thing, there is not enough time for the individual to do everything he would like to do.


THE PURSUIT OF THE EGO IDEAL MUST BE GIVEN UP FOR THE INDIVIDUAL TO ATTAIN NORMALCY AND, ULTIMATELY, SPIRITUALITY

It is very difficult to ascertain the origin of any behavior pattern. Psychology is full of speculations, most of which are exactly that, speculations. What is self evident is that some persons, beginning in childhood, feel inordinately inferior and compensate with a desire for superiority. Alfred Adler made this point rather well. Such persons reject their physical selves and desire to become the imaginary selves they would like to become. They construct ideal, superior selves and act as if they are such persons. When their ideal self concept is validated by other persons they feel fine, if not they feel bad. Much of their activities are motivated by desire to live up to their ideal self concepts. In fact, they think, behave and do most of the things they do from the perspective of their ideal self.
Such persons are generally called neurotic persons. But this statement means nothing since they are found in all walks of life, some as the president of their countries.
The desire to become an ideal other person is clearly based on an underlying self hatred and self rejection. One must hate what is to desire what is not, what only potentially could become. The neurotic person hates and rejects his real physical self and aspires after an ideal imaginary non physical self.
If the neurotic could he would destroy his physical self and just be his imaginary ideal self.

This desire to become an ideal person often leads to religion. In this case, the individual rejects the physically real and believes that he could become the imaginary mental constructs of the self presented by the various religions of mankind.
Alas, this desire is not going to be fulfilled for religion is conceptual whereas spiritual matters are non-conceptual and we cannot conceive what and who we are in spirit with our present intellectual categories. No matter how much one tries, one cannot imagine what spirit, aka heaven is like.
This is so because our present thinking categories are based on our world. Our world is a place of separation, space, time and matter. Language adapts to this world of space, time and matter. In our world, there is a self and a non self, an I and a non I. The individual sees himself as here and sees other persons as over there. He sees space between him and other persons and it takes time for him to reach other persons. Our world is a world of differences, and inequality.

Our world is the exact opposite of the world of spirit. Spirit is unified. There is no space, time and matter in spirit. Spirit is the same and equal everywhere. In spirit there is no you and I, no seer and seen, no subject and object, no self and non self; all are the same and equal everywhere. Whereas there are infinite selves in spirit, they all know themselves as parts of one unified spirit (which may be called God).
God is one unified spirit with infinite parts to him, all of which is like him and is him. One God extended his one self into his infinite parts, and if you insist on anthropomorphizing it, into his infinite sons; all the parts of God are him.
God knows that all his parts are him. He is not different from his parts and they are not different from him.
The parts of God, the sons of God are exactly like God, except that God, the whole, produced them, the parts, and they did not produce him, for parts cannot produce the whole.
God created his sons; they did not create themselves or create God. Other than the fact that God created us and we did not create him and did not create ourselves or create each other, there is no other difference between us, the children of God and God. Indeed, God gave us his creative powers, and we do create other children of God; but we do so with the power of God in us and not with our own power. Without his father the son can do nothing; but with his father he can do everything.

A MYTH OF CREATION OF THE EMPIRICAL UNIVERSE

We, the children of God, resented the only difference between us and God, his creatorship of us. We wanted to create him, create ourselves and create each other. In other words, God the Son wanted to become God the father. That wish is impossible of accomplishment. Creation goes in one direction only: from inside to outwards, from the father in us to the son and from one son to another son, ad infinitum.
Unable to gratify his wish in reality, the son of God slept and dreamt a world where he is the creator of himself, creator of other children of God and creator of God. That dream world is our world.
Our world is a dream, an illusion where the created come to seem to become the creator.
On earth, each of us invents his self concept and self image; he also invents self concepts and images for other people and invents concepts and images for God. All these are illusions, illusions that give him the impression that he has now created God and the universe.
In the world, the dream we invent self concepts and see them in forms and believe them to be real. We all think that we are our bodies and personalities. We all believe that the selves we see with our physical eyes are real. But the world is a dream and the selves seen in the world are dream figures, not real persons.
The real children of God are not in forms and are not conceptual; they are spirit. The real children of God are not separated from him or from their brothers; they remain as their father created them, unified and holy. They are guiltless, innocent and sinless in their non separated state but think that they are sinful, guilty and unholy in their separated states.

When they overlook their dreams, ignore the sights shown to them by their physical eyes, forgive each other what they do in dreams, they return to the awareness of their unified state.
Union is love; love is a glue that unified the infinite parts of the whole into one; that connects all creation to each other and to their creator.
When they overlook separation and what is done in it, they return to the awareness of love, a love which they always live in while thinking that they are separated from it.
We always live in the presence of love, union, while seeing ourselves as in the loveless world of separation.


EXTINGUISHMENT OF THE EGO TO EXPERIENCE THE CHRIST

The individual must let go of his present self concept and self image and all concepts and images he has of other people and things to be able to return to the awareness of formless unified spirit self.
One way to accomplish this goal is through meditation. In meditation, the individual consciously attempts to shut down his ego, separated conceptual self. He stops thinking in ego separated terms, or if he thinks so, reminds himself that nothing his ego thinks is true. The ego thinks and sees illusions, dreams, and nothing it does transcends illusions and dreams.
Even our science and technology is part of the ego dream of separation. One must therefore invalidate what the ego shows one as the truth. Not this, not this, Neti, Neti Hinduism teaches us.
The individual accepts that nothing he can think of is real. He accepts that he does not know who he is; that he does not know who other people are and does not know what anything is or means. He simply remains quiet and asks the universe of spirit to tell him what anything is, means and who he is.
If before he meditates, the individual truly loves and forgives everybody around him, in meditation he may experience momentary escape from the empirical world and return to consciousness of the spiritual world, a world where there are no forms, a non perceptual world, where there is nothing to see; a world of knowledge, knowledge that one is part of all people, as they are part of one, a world of pure light, one light that begins nowhere and ends nowhere and each of us is a unit of that light.
Each of us is literally inside each of us and we are all in God and he is in us. There is no space or gap between people and their creator; where one ends and another begins is nowhere.
Our true self is eternal, it is never born and does not die (it is not in body and, as such, cannot die for only that which is body seems to die).
The world of God is peaceful, happy and joyous, it is a blissful world.
The world of God is the world of sameness and equality, all the happy children of God playing with their eternal father, God.

The presence of the ego separated self concept, the human personality is a barrier to the experience of God. If the individual has a self concept and self image at all he cannot experience his real self, our unified self. Therefore, the individual must give up his conceptual self and remain still. He must become a void and say nothing about who he thinks that he is, who he thinks that other people are and what he thinks that anything means. He must become a void and in that openness his true self will dawn on him by itself.
The individual needs do nothing to be his real self, except that he needs to undo what he already did. He constructed his self concept and must give it up; he invented his self image and must give it up; he invented images for other people and must give them up; he invented ideas and images for everything he sees in his world and must give them up. He must give up all thoughts he has of himself, as good or bad, and about other people as good or bad and simply accept that in ego state he is ignorant of spiritual reality, and mean it, and he would be shown what things are and mean. But as longer as he thinks that he knows what anything is, he is arrogant, ego arrogance, and will not experience reality as it is.

Try meditation as described above and see what happens. Suddenly our seeming solid world disappears and you are in a different mode of being, a mode that is ineffable. This world seems like magic and fantasy to the mode you currently are in, but to that mode of being your present mode of being is fantasy, magic, a dream.
Which one is real? You will know which one is real when you have experienced unified spirit; no amount of reading or talking about it can convince you of the truth of God; only experience would.
In the meantime, you must give up all the concepts you have of who you think that you are, of who you think that other people are and what you think that the world is and remain quiet. Try it; that in itself gives you peace and some happiness.

WE DO NOT KNOW WHY AFRICANS ARE SHIFTLESS, SO IT IS NOT UP TO US TO DESTROY THEM

I began this essay by noting that Africans have contributed little to human civilization and, as such, ought to be destroyed. There are, in fact, many people out there who think along that line. David Duke and his racist bed fellows certainly believe that Africans are useless and ought not to exist. However, they would rather use Africans as slaves than kill them. They recognize that the dirty jobs of this world have to be done by someone and they would Africans, who are supposedly unintelligent, did it for them; they would Africans are re-enslaved.
Racists play the role of the Ego-God and feel that it is up to them to decide who lives and who dies. In that role, as the dreaming son of God, they have usurped the role of God and now sit on his throne and make life and death decisions. Racists are deluded and grandiose. They are dangerous for some of them do, in fact, act to implement their fantasies, they do kill people; Hitler killed obvert 50 million persons. We must therefore not dismiss them with a cavalier attitude for they can kill people.

If one reaches a state where one thinks that other people ought to be killed, as I did, one has reached the penultimate of egoism. One is proud, as proud as the proverbial Lucifer, the demiurge who rebelled against God and wanted to recreate the world in his own image.
One is now in a power struggle with God, hoping to kill God and take over his creative powers. But one also knows that God is eternal and cannot be killed, so one runs into the dark corner of ones making, a dream world, where one thinks that darkness would prevent God from seeing one and what one does. In that dark world, our world, one hides and in darkness does evil things, as we do on earth.

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS CORRECTION ROLE

God is light; light is everywhere. Darkness (separation, ego) merely masks but does not destroy light (union, love).
When the children of God separated from him, went to sleep and dream this world and God could not reach them, God created the Holy Spirit and entered the world as the Holy Spirit, and through him reach his children.
The Holy Spirit, the immanent God, sees everything we do on earth. However, the Holy Spirit does not stop us from doing anything that we want to do. Why? Because he knows that everything we do here is done in dreams and is not real. Dreams do not replace reality. He knows that we are still the children of light and love and only dream hatred in our dark sleep.
Nevertheless, there is such a thing as happy versus unhappy dream. We currently give ourselves unhappy dreams, nightmares, by hating each other. The Holy Spirit would like us to have happy dreams.
Happy dreams are obtained when we love and forgive one another. When we love and forgive our fellow dreamers we have happy dreams.
The Holy Spirit helps those who call on him for guidance to have happy dreams; he does not force himself on any one.
Call on the Holy Spirit; ask him to guide you in your drams on earth. How?

Before you decide to do anything, do so from love, do everything you do from the perspective of what is good for all humanity, for all those concerned; forgive those who wronged you and pray that they turn to God and stop living in their hellish ego prison.

The Holy Spirit is not a person; he is in our minds, in our right minds. The ego is also not a person; he is in our minds, our left minds. God is not a person; he is the idea of our shared self. The Son of God, Christ, is not a person, he is in our minds, the mind that knows its self to be part of all minds and love all minds. (See Helen Schucman, A Course in Miracles and Ozodi Osuji, Real Self Psychology).

DISCUSSION

No one is entitled to kill off any race, productive or not. However, Africans ought to know that there are folks out there who wished that they be killed off since they seem to do nothing right. Such folks are not just non Africans. I am an African but my perception of African leaders as thieves led me to believe that the best thing to do to these kleptocrats is to kill all of them off.
And make no mistake about it, African leaders ought to be rounded up and placed in prison and made to work for their living and not fed by the public. These people are beneath contempt. They are despicable. Get rid of them and replace them with public serving leaders.

What the metaphysics explicated in this essay means is that when one sees other people one should say nothing; one should not judge them as good or bad, for all judgment is of the ego and ego ideal.
One judges from the perspective of the values that one has accepted as ideal, as the way things ought to be; from ego standards, from the ego playing god.
One should not judge ones self, not judge other people and not judge anything as good or bad. One should just stay calm and ask the universe of God to tell one what anything in front of one is and means.
Do not presume to know what you see means for you would only look at it and interpret it with the yardsticks of the ego, hence color it with your ego perception and stay in the world of dreams. Keep still and ask the Holy Spirit to tell you what anything is.

What our physical eyes show us is a shiftless African people. That is our ego perception of Africans. They have another reality. In overlooking their lack of caring behaviors we see that they are the children of God, and in God, in spirit, are innocent, holy and sanctified.
(However, given the ego realities of this world, we must teach Africans social service and social interested behavior, so that they produce publicly dedicated leaders, not the kleptocrats they currently have.)


This essay is a metaphor, a metaphor on how to change ones character, from ego self concept to Christ self concept, from hate to love and forgiveness.
In pure ego state, one judges Africans, actually all people, as imperfect and wants to destroy them.
This means that one judges ones self as imperfect and wants to destroy ones self; but momentarily denies that self hatred and project it to other people, scapegoats to be destroyed to hide ones self hatred.
In reality, we are all imperfect and nothing we do could ever make us perfect. As long as we live in ego separated states, on earth, we must be imperfect, for to be separated from the whole is to be incomplete.
Perfection lies in the complete state of God, in the wholeness called God. No amount of questing for ego ideal would make the ego ideal and perfect for the separate cannot be perfect. Only the complete, by definition, can be perfect.
Perfection lies only in completion, in our whole and holy self, in union with God and all creation. When we let go of the world of separation, the world of space, time and matter and let go of our separated ego self concepts and self images and embrace the real self God created us as, the unified self, we experience the perfection and ideals that we seek in the egos world, a perfection and ideal that must forever elude us, as long as we live in the separated egos world.
We can seek ideals via political ideologies like socialism, fascism or capitalism or from neurotic ideals like ideal self concept and would never attain them. Eric Fromm correctly observed that neurosis and psychosis are personal religions, are personal search for God, except that it is false God that one is searching for, for the ego is separated self, whereas the real God is unified self.

In the immanent universe we are separated selves. As such, we have consciousness of our individuated selves. In a false world, the only way to make that world and self seem real in our awareness is for us to be consciousness of it. If we did not have self consciousness and consciousness of other people as others, and consciousness of the world as an other, we would not exist as separated selves. No self consciousness means the end of the separated self, the ego and its separated world.
The separated world ceases to exist the moment one loses ones self consciousness. In death, the self consciousness self momentarily ceases but is quickly regained as one return to this world. But those who proceed to the world of spirit, the world of God , those who have given up the desire for separated self consciousness, loose self consciousness forever and enter the realm of we consciousness, the world of God, the world of peace and happiness.

This essay is asking us to change our characters, from ego based to Christ based, from seeking personal glory to seeking glory for the whole.
When one lets go of ones ego self and ego self image, one closes the gap separating one from other people and from God; one returns to the awareness of union. In union are harmony, peace and happiness.
It is obvious that only the same and equal and the non material can unify. Spirit is the only condition for union, hence peace and joy; our world of matter, space and time is a condition for conflict, tension and war.
We must let go of our earthly personalities, our ego selves, to experience our spiritual self, the holy self, a self that is the same and equal with all the infinite selves created by God.
The holy self, the unified self, the Christ does not judge some people as not good enough and as worthy of destruction but judges all people, who are itself, as perfect in God but imperfect on earth, and works to make them perfect in Christ.
On earth, the unified self works through people of goodwill to enable all selves, Africans included, to live up to their potential, which includes being of social service to all people and training to understand their empirical world in the most scientific manner and devising technologies to adapt to it.


CONCLUSION

As I look at contemporary Africans from my ego ideal point of view, they seem unproductive. I either want to transform them into being productive or do away with them. This is my ego speaking. I must acknowledge that part of me, the false me.
Another part of me sees Africans as children who do not know what they are doing; this part of me, the Christ part of me, asks me to forgive them and to not think of punishing them for stealing their people’s monies and wasting them. This part of me sees them as children asking for someone to teach them what to do, someone to teach them the nature of leadership behavior as one whereby the individual does not think of what is in it for him but what is in it for the public.
Teaching Africans self transcending and social serving behavior is actually teaching me self transcending and social serving behavior, for they are me.
Africans reflect me; they are me denied and projected out for me to see me clearly; their shiftlessness is my shiftlessness denied and projected out for me to see and correct, first in me and later in them.
One must live and teach egoless behavior. Egoless behavior is actually self loving behavior. Ego behavior is self hating behavior. To be an ego is to hate ones self, to attack ones self.
Heaven is wholeness and as such peaceful and joyous. The peace of heaven was disturbed when we separated from it. To separate from something we had to attack it and shatter it to smithereens.
The pursuit of a special self, the ego ideal, the sense of self creation, miscreations really, shattered heaven’s oneness, peace, and gave us the conflict and tension we live on earth. We invented imaginary powerful ideal selves and see them in forms and think that these images are our real selves; they are false selves.
False or not, we are to love the forms we currently live in, for a while, and, thereafter, overlook them and return to our formless spirit selves.
In a loving world of form is some peace and happiness; however, it is only in the formless world of God that there is total peace and happiness, bliss.
We must love Africans despite their apparent lack of loving egos. In doing so, we finally teach them to become loving egos rather than the hateful egos they currently are. From loving egos they then recover their true selves, love itself, Christ, the son of God who is as God created him, loving at all times and in being loving lives in peace and happiness.



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