What the Fable of Stone Soup Can Teach Us About Unity and Cooperation
In this retelling of the Stone Soup fable, the characters are:
African Americans as the Villagers and as the Stranger,
Self-Help Spirituality based on Metaphysical Principles
Once upon a time, a village had fallen on hard times so everyone jealously hoarded whatever food they had to feed just themselves and their own families. When a stranger came to the village, he appeared to be just one more mouth to feed and the villagers were ready to turn him away.
“Oh, I have everything I need,” the Stranger said. “In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you.”
As the stranger began to make his "soup" he commented how much better it would be with a little cabbage. One of the village farmers hesitantly brought out a cabbage from its hiding place and added it to the pot. “Wonderful” cried the stranger. “You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king.”
The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . . and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all.
The Moral of the Story: By working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.
The reason I chose this obscure fairy tale for my first post is because I need to say from the outset that it is time for African Americans to pull together for our own survival. We have fallen on hard times. Gains of the Civil Rights era are eroded or impotent in today's reality. Our issues are on the back burner smoldering while the threat of world war, which we had virtually no hand in creating, looms on the horizon.
The purpose of this site is to be a gathering place for African Americans, and it is unapologetic about its focus. My hope is that in time, we will gather here to talk, to commune, and provide mutual sympathy and understanding. But that's not enough. Not nearly enough. Once we find each other, we have to begin to work. We have to begin to build something, to construct something for our own uplift as a people. We cannot afford to sit on and hoard our gifts in an attempt to preserve our own survival alone. We have to be willing to give something of what we have for the good of the whole. That means we have to DO SOMETHING! Teach something, train someone, mentor or apprentice someone, if you are a skilled tactician, help plan strategy. If you are an enthusiastic organizer, start bringing some folks of like mind together to work on the problems in our communities. If you have more money than you need to be comfortable, donate to agencies and organizations that are working on our problems. There is work to be done on every front so please, be willing to create something, construct something, DO SOMETHING!
My strand of this tapestry we are creating is to teach metaphysics to African Americans. I can't stop anyone who so chooses from looking at this site but I will never fail to specify that this site exists to serve African Americans. So in future posts, I will pick a topic to discuss and invite your comments and participation under the Acts of Creation tab. Let's each put in our little bit and see what we can create not only to nourish ourselves, but future generations of our people.
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