WORD STORIES FOR BLACK CHILDREN (31)
The metaphysically oriented Ancient African children learned best by Affect Symbolic Imagery (ASI) stories laying alternative paths to the teachers’ keystone points. Since Ancient Africans were the most wise and intellectually brilliant people in Humankind, I have done my best to model in my 5 published Word Stories volumes how they taught their youth. The process can be analogized to the structure of a feather’s long main stem. To stretch one of its two opposing webs along its length will show, on each web, several hundred barbs. Each barb, growing from the shaft, is itself like a tiny feather. Pressing the barbs together causes them to stick to each other as before, and the whole web will be formed again. This happens because the barbs lock themselves together by thousands of hooks, all being microscopically tiny. Once their attention is captured, children’s minds (being like one of the webs), work similarly upon hearing ASI stories (the other web). A reason is children live the truism that the only way a Thing can be known is to become one with it. The power of their Play to mesh with ASI causes them to shift interest from themselves over to a realm of Fancy. Here, each sense overflows with vitality + “Aliveness”—eagerness to see what is coming next. Their Imaginations spontaneously engage in creating “arriving into the moment.” While play imitates the feather in Image form, lightness, and flexibility, it is erasing boundaries + disregarding limitations of human thought normally separating children’s thoughts from the ASI message so as to form an Interchange. Out of that Interchange emanates offspring mosaic-like Symbols featuring parallel similarities with what they represent. Those wide ranging similarities—coupled with like-kind ingredients residing in children’s memories—stick on to the barbs of both webs of the feather. There, they undergo an assemblage + a checkered synthesis of those mosaic pieces so as to produce a unique Essence. The resultant Pattern of that Essence has a virtual Image on the outside and a matrix (womb bringing nourishment to the offspring) on the inside. It is around the created Image that children design a unitary new meaning for what the Word story is about—a “fed” meaning which serves as an alternate path to the reality of the ultimate message of the Word Story.
So, a fun way to “hook” children on Words is by telling its story in an ASI manner. Ancient African Griots (story-tellers) used the beautiful mythological African story of “Daybreak” to help the masses understand concepts contained in “Maturity” (Bailey, Common Sense). However, this story is wrongly attributed to the Romans because plagiarizingAfrican stories and intellectual knowledge was typical of both ancient Greeks and Romans. The process began with theGreeks saying they derived most of their gods and goddesses from Ancient Egypt (Ashby, African Origin p. 261). Then Romans borrowed those same gods and goddesses from the Greeks–and renamed them for various usages. For example,the Egyptian Goddess Matet was renamed “Aurora” (also called Matuta) by the Romans. Nevertheless, Matet would daily stain her fingers red with henna for religious ceremonies—as was a routine practice of Egyptian priestesses. Every morning, so the Roman story goes, Aurora (actually Matet) arose before daybreak from her couch on the Eastern Ocean and climbed on a golden chariot drawn by white horses. While riding up into the sky, she would proclaim the rising of the day to the mortals as well as to the immortals. Her trip, in association with the Sun, grew in warmth as the day got older. Together, Matet and the Sun flew across the heavens. Within this dawn-to-sunset journey are many African concepts related to “Maturity.” Since this ASI model carries children to a point just short of the conclusion, let them fill in conclusion options with roaming discussions.
In this way, youth learn true history + how profoundly envious people stole African Intellectual Property + Critical Thinking + beautiful myths + how word stories led to various meanings in words and formed synonyms from nuance changes in a word’s evolution. Or, for diagnostic purposes, they can create Word Stories to serve as a complete outlet for their negative emotions and thoughts. Have them select like-kind ideas out of synonyms and fashion stories from them. Next, do this for “distant relative” words taken from a wide variety of sources to see how they compare in their essence. Each group could arrange and combine the essences in order for stories to head in various directions. Each new direction leads into Unknowns and each Unknown can be made into a game. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS
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