AFRICAN vs. WESTERN THINKING
Things have no meaning until a meaning is given and a definition assigned out of someones philosophy of life. The results can lead one on the wrong path whereby one can be “right” or wrong. Or, it can lead one on the “right” path where one can be “right” on the “right” track but going in the wrong direction or right going in the “right” direction. Because only a tiny few are “right” is why the major premise of any life-shaping or life-changing statement made by any human is to be challenged. This story starts with Ancient Africans symbolizing Ma’at’s System of Thought–by personifying the principles of Propriety, Balance, Order, Truth, Harmony, Peace and Tranquility, Fellowship, Justice, Rightness, and Straightness or Righteousness, and Reciprocity into the goddess Ma’at. These distinguished truth from falsehood. Such was applied to thinking by means of laws that establish Spiritual Elements’ correspondence and connections between Principles for purposes of making Inferences of a Circumstantial Knowledge nature. Then, they positioned resultant facts/evidence on proper Cosmic Ladder rungs and maneuvered them by each rung’s unique rules. Thus, the Proposition, as a Premise, could be examined based on laws of intra-relationships and inter-relationships–e.g. looking at a human’s function in the world, framed by her/his interrelationship with God, the environment, and other creatures which determine that human’s makeup (form/function relationship). To arrive at conformity and then joining the fitting Principles within the Ma’at System of Thought implied there is Knowledge. Such thinking enabled them to symbolize the harmony of Nature and within human nature; to organize various knowledge realms such as astronomy, medicine, and divination; and to explain the overall mechanism of the natural and the human worlds as a contingent system that constantly balances changing situations and circumstances (Yun, J. Social Work, 2012). This enabled their students to know where to look within for self-expression–the materials needed–and the Ancient African monument of Values for guiding self-expressions. Imhotep (2600 BC) effectively used Tehuti’s synthesis message of Rebirth (to bring ones spiritual, mental, and physical self into alignment synthesis) in medicine so that patients could achieve maximum health experiences of security and adequacy.
Reasoning in African Tradition’s Logic (i.e. African Dialectic) is only from Truth or Circumstantial Truths. These are derived from Spiritual Elements manifestations since the Spiritual Elements themselves cannot be known directly. African “Logic” is a “Natural Match” for Black People everywhere but yet they labor under the Western society’s total focus and application of the ancient Greek method. Nevertheless, by the Spiritual Elements having been “stamped” on the “Hearts” of humans before birth, Black People know them when exposed to them–even if they have never seen nor heard of it before. This is Knowledge–the direct perception of Reality–an act of understanding without the use of thoughts. The setting in which Western thinking occurs is essentially outside the realm of the Metaphysical in general and the Spiritual in particular–and much being anti-Spiritual Elements. As a result, in life-shaping and life-changing decision making and problem solving in realms of morals or practical daily living, one can choose African or Greek logic.
Greek logic starts with a “Premise”–a statement accepted as a foundation for further reasoning. Yet it may be true, distorted, wrong, virtual or fantasy–range from a mere Guess to Truth–from good to evil–depending upon its author’s creditability, the type of inferences, and the nature and soundness of the author’s evidence. African “Logic” always starts building a Thought Structure from a “real” or Truthful foundational base in conformity with the Spiritual Elements. Whereas African “Logic” concerns what one thinks to build a solid thoughtful structure, Greek logic is about how one thinks when one thinks correctly. European Logic “materials” are words and even consulting many dictionary definitions for one word is inadequate. Obviously, these forms of European contextual processes demand critical thinking so as to bring every aspect of it into question. Each detail is to be carefully assessed by the Seven Questions of Inquiry—who, which, what, when, where, why, and how–particularly for the typically “vague” so-called “authorities” used as the basis of Truth, for they are not! Each answer is properly followed by: “How do you know that?” jabaileymd.com
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