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Photographer David Goldblatt, South Africa’s visual conscience, dies aged 87 | Art and design


The photographer David Goldblatt, whose work chronicled apartheid-era South Africa, has died, aged 87.

Goldblatt documented the racial divide of his home country during some of its most turbulent years, and was credited with bringing a strong moral and ethical dimension to his work. Through photographing simple scenes, such as children playing or exhausted workers sleeping on their bus journey home, he revealed the power imbalance at the heart of South African society.

“During those years my prime concern was with values – what did we value in South Africa, how did we get to those values and how did we express those values,” Goldblatt once reflected on his work. “I was very interested in the events that were taking place in the country as a citizen but, as a photographer, I’m not…

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Trump a Demagogue but Life Doesn’t Mind

Life is not Suicidal

Trump, Kim Jong Un and the threat of Nuclear War

Being true to his nature, Trump selfishly forged ahead and met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on talks to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. “It was a meeting of great substance that only I could have achieved”, he boldly proclaimed to the world. His haters and political opponents quickly flew into a frenzy to point out that Trump is a hypocrite for making friends with a dictator while he goes about alienating America’s historical allies. Trump couldn’t care less about what people think because he is a demagogue but Life doesn’t mind at all.

Life is a single conscious entity. It’s #1 prerogative is to survive and thrive at all costs. Its #2 prerogative is to achieve universal awareness. In order to achieve universal awareness Life uses mechanisms to drive the consciousnesses of its creations. The key mechanism in humans is Desire. We desire happiness, fame and fortune, power and influence, and most of all, to live forever. Once you understand the mechanisms of Life you can manipulate humanity. Fortunately, most people including Trump and Kim Jong do not.     

Both Trump and Kim Jong Un’s #1 Desire is great power. Unfortunately, their powers are limited and dependent on the size of the political and economic structures under their control. Once they reach the limits of their power they will default into Survival mode, which is also a mechanism of Life. Once in survival mode they will compromise their power in order to survive.

The essence of Trump’s power is America’s vast economic and military might, which is the largest in the world. It got to that state largely due to Globalization, which is an economic system in which the government used trade to build the wealth of American businesses worldwide. Other countries are induced into opening their economies to cheap labor for high profit. Countries that resist see their governments overthrown through covert measures and military intimidation or direct intervention when things get out of hand.

The essence of Kim Jong Un’s power is the psychological indoctrination of his people into believing that he is a living god. It is a mental condition that has existed within North Korea for several generations. The tactics of such brainwashing include; limiting outside access while controling the education and media. Over time the population became brainwashed into believing that the Kim family has supernatural powers. In such a mental state people individually and collectively work to carry out the will of their leader for fear of retribution.

God-complex a is a mental disorder that many leaders throughout history have died defending. However, leaders who are not completely suicidal recognize the limits of their powers and will work to enhance it by employing the full human resource of their country. It is well known that North Korea is so economically deprived that people face starvation on a daily basis however, North Korea has managed to build one of the largest militaries in the world, all in defense of Kim Jong Un’s legacy.

Even with all that power at his disposal, Kim Jong Un still knows that he is not powerful enough to display enough god-like power to scare his enemies therefore he has defaulted to survival mode. Trump, on the other hand is growing more and more powerful every day. So much so that many believe that he is becoming a threat to the political stability of the planet.  Life takes risks by allowing humans to fulfill their deepest Desires but Life will always defaults to survival mode under threats of total annihilation.

How will Life correct a demagogue like Trump? The only balance to Desire is Conscience. If Life cannot reach his conscience to force him to recognize his unethical ways it will raise the conscience of people around him to act to stop him. It could be a limiting of his powers through the upcoming mid-term elections or impeachment if enough of his fellow Republicans do a 180 in their partisan support.

Beware of the Sex Dolls

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Beware of the Sex Dolls; they are unconscious tools of the mechanisms of Life.

Weak minded men all over the world are going crazy over the release of a new breed of ultra-realistic Sex Dolls. They see the use of Sex Dolls as a harmless way of satisfying their desires while relieving sexual stress. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires in such an unnatural way, they are compromising the strength of their minds to become tools of the mechanisms of Life.  

Sex Dolls are not a new phenomenon. They have been around in various forms for decades. New manufacturing technology has now enabled the creation of Sex Dolls that are more life like in look and feel. Some even go beyond life-like to exaggerate the sexual attractiveness of the female form such as bigger Breasts and Butts. The goal of these new Sex Dolls is to increase and transform a person’s sexual desires into sexual addiction.

Aside from their repulsive nature, Sex Dolls appear to be no more than a harmless preoccupation of unethical men and women. However, if you understand Life like we do then you will know that Life will take you in any direction you want to go until death exhausts you. That is because Life is a single conscious entity which consists of the collective awareness of all the lifeforms on Earth. It uses mechanisms, primarily Desire, to drive the consciousness of its creations.

Unfortunately, without Spiritual guidance, your consciousness will always become corrupted by your Desires. In essence, people who will fulfil their sexual desires using Sex Dolls are Spiritually weak. They do not possess enough will-power to seek intimacy through the development of real human relationships. It is also indicative of the break down of society on a whole. An over-dependency on Desire has corrupted people to the point of selfishness.

Most people in society today say they no longer have time for relationships. Some people don’t want a relationship for fear of getting hurt emotionally. Some people cannot see beyond the desires of physical beauty so they reject ugly people though they may possess rich inner beauty. Then there are the youth who mostly lack the morals and self-discipline to control one iota of their hormone-soaked brains. They are the ones going crazy over Sex Dolls.

If you hate the idea of Sex Dolls I feel sorry for you because their prevalence and popularity is only going to increase. The desire for sex is only rivaled by the desire for money therefore, opportunity seekers will always seek to exploit the weaknesses in human nature. The only way to resist the mechanisms of Life is to build your moral fortitude through your conscience as directed by the Spirit of the universe.        

Common Misconceptions About Black Consciousness

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I see many people on social media who after exhibiting some level of participation in various discussions on the problems facing Black people, get frustrated and lash out against Black Consciousness. They begin to classify all “so-called conscious” people under the same category as if all Black Conscious people are the same. All it does is expose their own level of consciousness to reveal that they never started becoming conscious from the inside first.

First of all, Black Consciousness is not an organization or something to join. Black Consciousness is all about self-improvement by acquiring knowledge about all things including yourself, your history and the way the world works. By increasing your knowledge, you will be able to understand and work to conquer the problems that hinder your personal happiness and the happiness of the people you have a bond with, which are your fellow Black people. All Black people who are seeking to raise their level of consciousness should understand what Black Consciousness is not.

Black Consciousness was started by Ghetto Scholars on Social Media. No, Black Consciousness is not a “Johnny come lately” concept started by Ghetto Scholars. The modern incarnation of Black Consciousness is only a continuation of a movement that began post-slavery with people like Frederick Douglas, Booker T Washington, Marcus Garvey, WEB Du Bois and many others. In the mid to late 19th century there was Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Farrakhan, Steve Biko, Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela and many lesser known scholars who served to inspire the current generation of people a lot of us look to for leadership.

The term Black Consciousness was actually coined by Steve Biko of South Africa in the early 1970s. Biko and other politically active students formed a Black student organization in their university to address the extreme brutality of Apartheid. Through his writings Steve Biko proved that the Pen is mightier than the Sword and that conscious thought is more powerful than violent confrontation. Biko was a very intelligent man who used his pen to metaphorically stab at the conscience of white South Africans. Unfortunately, in 1977 he was killed by the wicked Apartheid security forces. Although Apartheid ended in South Africa Biko is still a Martyr of inspiration for South Africans.

Personally, I first became familiar with the term “Consciousness” from Reggae music in my native country of Jamaica and later in the Hip-hop music of the 1980s. In Reggae music there are numerous sub-genres, one of which is still very powerful and that is Conscious Reggae. In this genre there is Bob Marley all the way up to Chronixx. Conscious Reggae is all about addressing corruption in society by providing inspiration through the music. In Hip-Hop Conscious Rap music addressed common injustices like poverty and police brutality. The message of Consciousness has always been there throughout our history of oppression, its up to us as individuals to take heed.

Black Consciousness is non-religious. Consciousness occurs when energy passing between nerves cells in the Brain generates a Mind field. Black Consciousness occurs when a Black person begins to rationalize about his or her condition and embarks on a mission to change it for the better. One of the most successful vehicles for self improvement is religion. I call religion a paradox tool because you cannot use it to help you if you know the truth about it and it helps you best when it induces you into having blind faith.

The key benefit of religion is self-discipline therefore, to maintain blind faith in the promise of eternal life after death is the ultimate exercise in self discipline. You begin to believe that even the evil things that are happening to you are simply tests of your faith so you persevere in your illusions. At some point however, you begin to see that its either too much to bear or its actually the Devil that’s oppressing you so you begin to fight back. Such were the cases of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.

Isn’t it ironic that the two biggest examples of Black people fighting back against the unjust system of America were religion based? Both men used the self discipline that they gained from religion, one Islam, the other a Christian, to build such huge followings that they even emboldened other Black people to stand up and fight back against oppression. All religions are based on illusions but as was evident, they build self discipline which is a key characteristic required in Black Consciousness. Religious consciousness begins when Black religious leaders begin to use their influence to address social problems.

Black Consciousness is militant and violent. Some of us have the misconception that Black consciousness is about overthrowing “the system” by violent means. There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s the way you feel but be prepared to go all out. Violent revolutions have historically been the best way to bring about change in a corrupt society. You will need thousands of like minded people who are willing to die for the cause but don’t get frustrated when a majority of Black people will not join you.

It has little to do with being scared. Our problems are; we do not trust one another and we fear the consequences of acting due to a lack of knowledge and organization. The best solution to our dis-unity and confusion is a strong leader or a strong Spiritual inspiration. Unfortunately, there are no real Black leaders within the Black Conscious community and Black people are too Spiritually fragmented to fight for the ideals of a single god. Farrakhan came close but as is evident, his influence is on the decline.

When you overthrow the System what will you replace it with? All systems are not Black and White. You may find inspiration in hating the White man but consider that there are many other corrupt systems in the world. Even in predominantly Black countries there is hate for authority which means that what you are really fighting for is personal Liberty. Just know that without a strong Conscience, personal Liberty will eventually lead to personal corruption and the corruption of others within the same society as your personal liberties collide with the liberties of others.

Everyone who claims to be conscious are really conscious. There are some people who use the concept of Black Consciousness for profit or fame. Beware of these people; they are not conscious, they are opportunists. A Conscious person is able to use his or her Mind to override the desires of his or her Brain. Read about Desire Dependency for a detailed explanation of this character trait. Truly conscious people are not hung up on Desire manipulating things such as Beauty, Sex, Drugs, Money, Fame, and Power.

Black Consciousness speaks for all Black people. Conscious individuals and organizations do not speak for all Black conscious people like the term Black Community does not indicate racial solidarity. To each his own so if you do not like the message that someone who professes to be Conscious is dispensing then move on. One of the ultimate goals of consciousness movement is to inspire every individual to become a leader in their own right. That way the movement doesn’t die with the death of a leader.

Black Consciousness is Leftist, Socialist, and Communist. There is a common misconception among many Black people that to be conscious means that you have to become a Socialist or a Communist. Furthermore, you have to give up your pursuit of wealth, higher education, family values, and the sanctity of Life itself to focus on the needs of the Black community. The problem with Socialism and Communism is that they are incompatible with the flaws of human nature therefore, they must be legislated or imposed on a society by a dictator in order to work.

Common sense dictates that you cannot force goodwill; it has to be Altruistic. Altruism is the concept of practicing kindness in all your interactions with others. Helping others has to come from your own Conscience and not someone forcing you to do it. The difference between Altruism and Socialism is that Altruism is a conscience builder that also extends to protect all aspects of Life, not just humanity. With Altruism a rich man will find it easier to help and support those in need out of the goodness of his heart.

Black Pete Is a Racist Tradition

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Black Pete is a racist tradition that the Dutch need to acknowledge and abolish.

The so-called Holiday Season is a time of happiness and celebration for many. However, as conscious Afrakan people we do not care for religious traditions or the characters depicted in them and under normal circumstances we wouldn’t care to speak about them here. However, this particular tradition involves a stereotypically negative portrayal of Afrakans, which we find offensive.

If you haven’t heard about Black Pete before he is a fictional character who, in Dutch tradition, is the companion of Saint Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus. He is like the cheerful Elves who help the Santa Claus of western tradition; only this elf possesses distinctly negative characteristics, both psychologically and physically.

Physically, Black Pete is depicted with charcoal black skin, wooly hair, and thick red lips. His attire is clownish and varied and he carries a sac full of coal. His defenders claim Black Pete is a harmless depiction of a Moor. Others claim that Black Pete is really a white person whose skin gets black from sliding down chimneys. (I guess the soot in chimneys can make white people’s hair get woolly and their lips turn red.)

Psychologically, Black Pete is a mischievous deceiver. Although he travels with Santa Claus, the epitome of kindness, he is depicted as the opposite. He hides in the shadows; he plays tricks on children, and he gives out lumps of coal as treats. In recent times however, his character has been changing to become more cheerful and he gives out candy instead of coal. (I guess the Dutch know that change is possible; they just have to grow some conscience.)

Historically, there have been many stories told about the origin of Black Pete but the most common story is that Saint Nicholas rescued the Moorish Black boy from the streets in his native Spain. As an act of gratitude the Moorish boy decided to stay and serve his rescuer. (Doesn’t that sound like so many European stories that depict a civilized white man saving a helpless Black person from certain doom. Stories such as Robinson Caruso and Friday but I digress.)

As proud Afrakan people we despise all negative depictions of our race especially by other races. The world is changing and all unjust, unethical, and racist traditions will be dealt with. The collective consciousness of humanity is growing with knowledge. Those who resist change by using Ideology to suppress their Conscience will be forced to change; if not be us then it will be by the Spiritual essence of the universe.

*** The writings on this website are personal thoughts and opinions that are in no way endorsed by the Dohgon University of Thought. I am IntegRAl MAAT, a student of Dohgon Spirituality

Understanding Sexual Abuse

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Women are saying they’re not surprised at the scope of the sexual abuse allegations being lobbied against numerous high profile celebrities. Women also say it’s about time as most men in positions of power act no different. These are troubling times but in order to understand the prevalence of sexual abuse in society we first need to Understand Life and its key mechanism; Desire.

Sexual abuse is much more than men acting badly. It’s also not a transgression that is perpetrated exclusively by men. Sexual abuse has to do with nature and the human ability and/or willingness to manage it. In other words, people who abuse others sexually are acting on their natural sexual inclinations; they just don’t care about the ethics of their actions.

Nature is Life and Life functions by mechanisms. The key Life mechanism in humans is Desire. Desire has too parts, the craving and the reward. Our cravings are our Triggers and our rewards are our Hormones that facilitate sensations of pleasure. Two common reward hormones are Dopamine and Serotonin. Important to know is that too much of anything will make you an addict, naturally and artificially.

A trigger ingredient in a substance is what causes artificial addiction. For example, the natural Trigger in Marijuana it THC. Once THC enters the Brain it triggers brain neurotransmitters to release Dopamine creating a sense of pleasure and euphoria. Addiction occurs when the neurotransmitters get damaged from too much triggering. They get stuck into calling for more THC until they are fulfilled over and over.

Natural addiction occurs when we become obsessed with a natural instinct such beauty or sex. In Sex addiction the trigger is the physical sensation of (touch), which released the pleasure hormone. Therefore we (desire) to experience the feeling over and over in an obsessive manner. So, if sex is natural how does it result in aggressive and abusive behavior? The problem is the result of a deficiency of Conscience.

Conscience is a mind force that is developed by consciously practicing three things in daily life; fairness, equity, and accountability. As one’s conscience develops so does one’s self discipline, willpower, ethics, and moral fortitude. The result is that when the natural inclinations of nature arise within us, we will have several tools to manage it.

People who engage in sexual abuse have weak consciences. They do not have enough self-discipline to control their sexual desires but they somehow manage by the fear of the consequences of the laws of society. However, in positions of power they become narcissistic and will take advantage of the vulnerabilities of their victims. They know that their victims will either fear the consequence of speaking out or will reluctantly trade sexual favor for personal gain.

Are you in a sexually abusive situation or have you been sexually abused in the past? Now that you understand the essence of sexual abuse it’s time to speak out. Summon up your courage and join the throngs of people who are saying “no” to sexual abuse. Speaking out will serve to raise the level of consciousness pertaining to all other unethical aspects of life on a whole.