I predict that many will take exception to this column. It drives a stake into the heart of continued African-American cries of victimization. Those weak in spirit have been warned. I take this opportunity to thank all my brothers and sisters with the courage to read on.
“Nature has made up her mind that what cannot defend itself shall not be defended.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a child, I enjoyed watching Wild Kingdom with my father. Without a doubt, it was my favorite show. If you never saw an episode, Wild Kingdom was one of the best nature series in the history of television. Much of what we see today on Animal Planet or the Discovery Channel was inspired by this pioneering program. Each week, a team of daring cameramen would focus on the survival strategies and social structure of animals in their natural environment. To a kid, it was the next best thing to a day at the zoo. As I grew older and more perceptive, it sparked great curiosity within me. I knew that something of deeper significance was playing out before my eyes. My father opened a door of discovery when he explained that humanity is locked in the same dire struggle for self-determination. The only appreciable difference he noted was that mankind makes its way in the world on two legs instead of four. Other than that, the two dramas are analogous.
In essence, all life is vying for continued and improved creative expression within given environments. Under highly competitive conditions, species secure or surrender their existence based upon strength, adaptation, and cooperative effort. Life in the wild is burdensome and feral – and predators are not charitable toward prey. In the trials of life, the powerful rise and the weak perish. Of note is the fact that there is no miraculous, otherworldly intervention on behalf of the victor or the vanquished. Appeals from the mighty and the weary, no matter how heartfelt, are futile absent determinative action.
Simply stated, evolution is a struggle. Its ways are cold and dispassionate. Survival is earned through effort and sacrifice, not cries of persecution. Dominion is obtained through sustained excellence and self-assertion, not hopes or wishes. There is no ambiguity on the natural path of cause and effect
. Violate nature’s edicts and your demise is certain, heed them and be afforded greater control over your destiny. It is uncanny how closely the law of the jungle parallels the law of the land, isn’t it?
Our race would be wise to learn from nature. We would be even better served to harmonize with its evolutionary designs. Clearly, survival of the fittest is the moral of the story. However, we continually ignore what is patently obvious. The world in which we live bears a much closer resemblance to Wild Kingdom than any Divine Kingdom we learned about in Sunday school. Social dynamics move more in accordance with biological prerogatives than humanistic ideals. Take a moment to contemplate this statement.
As a people, our conditioning has largely caused us to reject nature’s direction. We somehow believe we supersede the natural order because we can always rely on “favor” or some other heavenly dispensation. Many think that Universal Law can be somehow suspended if you follow The Golden Rule. Worse, there are those who opt out of the struggle altogether, in the expectation of a paradise beyond, with streets of gold and feasts of milk and honey. Our religious sensibilities and belief in the virtue of victimization have set us in opposition to the basic reality at work in our world. If you choose, you can keep waiting on “jubilee.” I am going to listen to Mother Nature, who commands all her children, “Compete, or die!”
Show me evidence of an animal species which refused to do for themselves that still walks the face of the earth. If you cannot, I will then share with you with the alarming fact that 99% of all species that have ever existed are now extinct. Yes, it blew me away as well! If those odds are not indicative of an evolutionary struggle in your mind, then I cannot imagine how I could make the point more clearly.
Nature forces Her creations to fight for everything they acquire in life – because the effort teaches valuable lessons. It teaches them to how to make their own way in the world and to have the fortitude to overcome adversity. The pecking order of the animal kingdom is based on mastery of this ideal. Nothing is promised; everything is earned. The lion is the king of the jungle because he has demonstrated that he is worthy to wear the crown. What makes you think the rules of our existence are any different?
In 1859, Charles Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
. I agree . . . that is one a hell of a title. In this study of evolutionary science, the ‘survival of the fittest’ ideology was given its introduction. Darwin’s groundbreaking work on species and racial dynamics was not only read by biologists. Economists, educators, politicians, philanthropists and all manner of “social engineers” took stock of its revelations as well. They extrapolated Darwin’s conclusions and created racial theory, which they taught in all aspects of society: especially science, religion and education. The results of their caste structuring are still prevalent. We dare not speak about it in polite conversation. It has become politically incorrect to point out how certain people’s plights have been crafted according to their alleged inferiority. Instead, we prefer to wax poetic about everyone’s inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Despite its self-righteousness, I contend that the foundation of American society is much more akin to Darwin’s writings than anything Thomas Jefferson ever penned.
In our defense, Black people are operating from a competitive disadvantage. For 400 years, unjust laws maintained an illegitimate balance of power in this country. Slavery and Jim Crow were legal safeguards against African, then African-American self-determination. This manipulation amounted to an egregious corruption of natural law. Nowhere else in Creation is the social structure intentionally “rigged” to benefit some over others. Nature is the purest of all meritocracies. Its purposes and designs will not be flouted by those who cheat to win. Therefore, these anti-competitive laws could not stand forever . . . and they have not. Keep this idea in mind because I will return to it later.
Yes, our forbears carried the torch during the darkest of days. True self-determination was legally denied to them. The American economy was built upon their overt exploitation. So, unfortunately, the glass ceiling could not be broken during their lifetimes. Nevertheless, they lived with pride and dignity. Today, what is our excuse? The laws designed to keep Black people on the lowest rung of the ladder are gone. The playing field may not be level, but everyone can get in the game. Racism remains, and that will likely never change. So, what! You cannot fight what is in someone’s heart. Besides, they don’t have to like me, just give me the room to do my thing. And yes, we are afforded sufficient latitude to make power moves. Therefore, the only barriers between us and the control of our collective destiny exist within our own minds. A wise man once said, “I have seen the enemy and he is me.” Can you make a similar confession?
Brothers and Sisters, we live in a new day. We have freedom. However, too few of us realize that freedom is a chance for self-determination. It can pose awesome challenges because there is no one there to provide for you when you declare your independence. When you are truly free, you are forced to build a life all your own, on your own. Often, this has to be done with very little in the way of support or resources. Still, it must be done. Nature demands it! Black people must struggle for our place in this world, as does all life.
Centuries of oppression and false conditioning have made us weak-minded and far too dependant on the offerings of others. This goes against the laws of nature and invites disaster. Long after the Emancipation Proclamation, we are still essentially living a hand-to-mouth existence because we do not own or control anything. We work to enrich others and then take the little money we earn – and give it right back. Times get hard, and we clamor for more government programs and handouts. We complain and point fingers; all the while hoping someone will do for us what we should be doing for ourselves. Let’s face it, we have a disease of the mind and it is driving us toward extinction. While all life is endeavoring to evolve into what God created it to be, we are regressing into a state of extreme vulnerability. Just consider American-American high school drop-out rates. Then compound those with the staggering statistics on black male incarceration and teen pregnancy. The Creator must be deeply saddened by our failings.
Globalization, corporate downsizing, and wars fought for oil have fostered the most ruthlessly competitive era in history. The mega-rich are taking ever-larger pieces of the pie while the rest of humanity is locked in a veritable death match for the crumbs that fall off the table. Calling the world a jungle is no longer a metaphor. If you want to overstand what is going on in the news, look at it from the perspective of ferocious, group-on-group competition. Races, and their respective nations, are asserting themselves. Here is an example. Global terrorism is not about religious ideology, it is about one group’s resistance to another’s imperialism and theft of natural resources in a time of growing scarcity. Disregard the rhetoric about infidels and evildoers. This is a pitched battle between Eastern factions and Western factions for control of the world. Let’s tell it like it is! In the end, the strongest will emerge victorious. The thought of which is very disconcerting.
Obviously, we don’t see our place in the natural order in these dire terms because we are still begging people to help us. News flash: nobody has the time, resources or, more importantly, the inclination to lift a finger for Black people anymore. And why should they? It is time to take the teat out of our mouths and stop suckling off the world’s declaration of Black inferiority. Our people will continue to be the scourge of the earth until we shed our defeatist slave mentality. It all boils down to this. If you remember only one part of this message: remember . . . Compete, or die!
The characteristics which define dominion in nature, define dominion within the human race as well. Defy this wisdom if you will, but do not lament the lowly existence sure to follow.
It is easy to be a slave once you learn how. However, anything you can do for Master, you can do for yourself. Reject this false culture of dependency! Can you program computers? Then program your own! Perhaps you’re a marketing genius. Then sell your own goods and services! Get off your ass, Brother! Use the gifts God has given you to stake your own claim in the world. It is time for Black people to stop being pimped! The only difference between the person in the Cadillac and the person on the corner is an empowered state of mind . . . metaphorically speaking. Where would your thoughts place you in this scenario?
I want so much to see our people respected. However, esteem will have to be earned. In the 21st century, the fiercest animals have all been thrown in the pit together. If you are a lamb, you won’t make it. Now is the time for the young lions to roar! Self-determination is the new racial mission. The world can keep its charity, we will establish our sovereignty Mother Nature’s way. Amen!
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