going above and beyond
- Jun 18, 2004
- retired computer geek
Bro. James, you are so wise and can teach me so much. What you express about self-control is so true and I know within my soul that it is possible to achieve but it leaves me wondering why is it easy for some (minority) and not others (majority)?
A lot of Black people are suffering from traumatic stress due to racism. We hold a lot of pent up anger and frustration that never seems to abate or lessen. Oftentimes it erupts in unhealthy ways--either by harming others or even ourselves. This roller coaster experience in life where we never or seldom seem to live like we believe we deserve--naturally is mentally and emotionally exhausting. We always seem to have to compromise on some part of us just to survive. Should I tell master that slaves are plotting against him or should I keep quiet and be a good house "N"?
We went through a period where "political correctness" seemed to hold the racist beasts at bay, we calmed down some. But now, in the Trump era, to be confronted outwardly by it's hate and constant threat again, to be reminded of the evil that men do, is taking its toll on many of us. Our minds have been whipped around so much and for so long--we have witnessed the worst of this human existence. So I welcome the calm.
Questions: Did you always think like you do now? Is it just your personality or did you have to undergo some type of transformation to think like you do?
I welcome your response and appreciate you being a part of this community.