Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. In the movie "John Q" Denzel Washington plays the role of a strong, hard working and devoted Father willing to take his own life in order to literally give his heart to his dying son. The speech John delivers while his son lays asleep on the hospital bed, and as the moments near for John to take his own life- is perhaps one of the most emotionally moving pieces of art between a Black Man and his child. I just need to tell you a few things. You always listen to your mother. You understand? Do what she tells you to do. She’s your best friend. You tell her you love her every day. You’re too young for girls right now, but… there’s going to come a time. When it does, you treat them like princesses. ‘Cause that’s what they are. When you say you’re going to do something… When you say you’re going to do something, you do it. Because your word is your bond, son. It’s all you have. And money. You make money if you get a chance, even if you got to sell out once in a while. Make as much money as you can. Don’t be stupid like your father. Everything is so much easier with money, son. Don’t smoke. Be kind to people. When somebody chooses you… We talked about this. You stand up. You be a man. You stay away from the bad things, son, please. Don’t get caught up in the bad things. There’s so many great things out there for you. I’ll never leave you. I’m always with you. Right there. I love you, son. Our know bibles are the canonization of such emotional words in one respect, and the obvious use of spiritual ignorance in another. But there is something we should consider. John isn't talking to us, or the world, or the generations who will later read and ease drop on his language. He is talking to his son. In reality, what is being said- has very little to do with us. You may or may not agree with him telling his Son not to sell out...guess what, in the scheme of all things- it's actually none of your business. The talks, speeches and advice people give to each other over periods of time, while they can be canonized for the use of other people - were never spoken in the sense that we should be the ones to benefit from that advice. If you get something out of it, that's you. It has very little to do with the world, and for people to judge others for what they see inside a book or don't see is part of the reason why Humans are still so spiritually retarded and un-evolved. In John Q's case, he is leaving Earth and is prepared to sacrifice himself for the sake of his Son. Strange irony that we are taught the opposite that the Son sacrifices himself for the sake of the Father. Such programming is precisely what leads young Men out to war to die for their country. But here is something we might find humor in. As must knowledge and intelligence most Black people have, if faced with the same situation as John Q, knowing we have to die so that our living heart can be transplanted into our child so that our child could live- the speech we would give would also be very basic. It would have to be something the child would remember, on their level, and we would have to reduce all what we feel is great and important into a few lines of emotional sound bites. And that is what the REAL Bible is about, the small pieces of wisdom dropped here and there by people who are departing this place for a new adventure. Such wisdom takes place less often in Church, but more often at a Hospice. What would your basic instructions sound like? Would it be filled with intellectual ramblings about heaven, hell or what verse in the Bible is better than another? Or would it be a personal message directed at those who love and care about you as you do them? Yes- we can extract our own meaning from the emotional and spiritual outcries from others, but let's never be deceived by them either. Wisdom isn't here to teach us how to live, it only lives to teach us. Make your errors, learn your mistakes- reap you rewards - such is life. Too often we get hot under the collar over things that didn't concern us to being with. Even the prophecies left by our African Sybils were directed at different people. What are the basic instructions for that? As water people, we need to learn how to cool down. Famous last words--- "Let's cool it brothers . . ." Malcolm X ( -1966), Black leader, spoken to his assassins, 3 men who shot him 16 times.