HATRED IN AFRICAN TRADITION
In my research of creditable African Tradition scholars, I did not see Hate discussed as something to shed. Instead, “Hate” was only mentioned by Europeans writing about African Tradition—and for me such writings by Europeans about Black People have no credibility. Nevertheless, Ancient Africans personified the Indifference/Hate/Evil/Sadism Complex in the mythological god Set—the one darkened from within—the one containing ingredients that could be quickly inserted as a fixed disturbance in a Receiver’s mind—a disturbance sprouting various branches of significance that “Cloud out” who one really is. This “Cloud out” leaves one with an awareness of a definite feeling of existing in the world as a separate Being—a fluke—“I’m a stranger in this world that comes out of somewhere else.” That Hallucination (‘astray thoughts’) is a phantom and, by having no solid actuality base, makes one unable to distinguish Fantasy from Reality’. Hence, one is a ‘push-over’ for how people daily use Fantasy in “SEEMS” right and “ALMOST Enough” situations to deceive others and to deceive themselves by ‘self-talk’. Such represents a state of Ignorance (not to know; to overlook) of the higher Spiritual reality. These features, representing a Dualistic view of life, can lead to agitation, suffering, and even catastrophic events in humans’ experiences–a degraded condition which opens doors to the deep-rooted fears and sense of Inadequacy. In turn, “I’m not Good Enough!” translates into anger, resentment, greed, External World addictions, Hatred, Violence, and all other negative human tendencies as the only way they know to express their deeper Spiritual Human Nature Needs. Besides, to hate means ones life is empty and one fails to appreciate ones time, energy, and efforts. Those who are about their Mission in life do not have time to waste on hating something that goes nowhere while doing nothing good.
To do any of these unnatural things is Self-Disrespectful. And there is no acceptable substitute for Hate—not even being Indifferent to the Trigger Persons, for Indifference is the essence entrance into Inhumanity. By hating, ones life gets caught up in vicious cycles. Ancient Africans said: “the Untruth of Separateness becomes Hate, which sub-divides into Fear of the stronger, Anger against equals, and Scorn of the weaker—with numerous degrees and modifications”. To elaborate, one then notices only what one thinks is noteworthy and ignores not only what is around it in the Foreground but also ignores the Background it is on. This causes one to give interpretations to what one sees and assesses that are far from reality. If a circle is drawn on the chalk board, the circle could not be seen without that chalk board. Furthermore, the correct depiction of the illustration may be that there is a hole in the chalk board. Restricted focus = restricted awareness = restricted attention. Thus, Hate is to be ignorant of the ‘big picture’ of a reality, for how the ingredients involved in what is hated may not be completely seen, or properly fitted together, or correctly interpreted. Also, hate may be unjustified–for the accused may be innocent or the happenings were unintended for the hater, but did harm by a fluke. Meanwhile, not to pursue the Truth leads to the formation of a False Self—i.e. seeing oneself as separate/distinct from the world and from other living Beings. African Sages added that although this would seem real and abiding to the human mind, such is only an outer expression of the underlying essence from which they originate. In reality, the substratum of all that exists—i.e. the underlying essence of all things—is a non-dual and all-encompassing unity.
Practicing the Law of Sympathy (all God’s creatures and creations are spiritually connected, regardless of even remote time or space) is the way to “Salvation”/“Resurrection”. African Sages stressed the philosophy of service to Humanity, as opposed to leaving Humanity and dwelling in isolation. Living within the context of the Law of Sympathy is a natural state—meaning there is no need to debate about ones treatment of others because the right things to do (based upon Unconditional Love, Truth, Compassion, Forgiveness, and Magnanimity) simply ‘instinctually’ flow out. The only way to promote peace and harmony in the world is by purifying every bit of negativity within oneself and, as a result, that self-cleansing manifestation is capable of promoting true harmony and peace in many others (Ashby, Egyptian Book of the Dead p33). jabaileymd.com