AFRICANGLOBE – God made birds to fly, fish to swim, and man to think, so the pursuit of knowledge should be a lifelong endeavor and used as a primary assessment of all men. But we should never confuse credentials with knowledge, because some of the greatest minds I’ve ever known held court while sitting on empty milk crates in the parking lots of ghetto liquor stores, while some of the weakest minds I’ve ever known roamed the halls of academia in pursuit of credentials over knowledge.
*Knowledge is free, so one must choose to be ignorant.
*The greatest lesson in wisdom, intelligence, and class is the understanding that one doesn’t corner the market on any of them.
*Intrinsic to every zealot’s passion for justice lies the seeds of tyranny.
*An efficient thinker gives truth priority over ideology, while ideologues give ideology priority over truth.
*The contemplative must always endure the pestilence of mediocrity.
*The petty is forced to view life through a microscope in order to find their virtue.
*Wit without wisdom is a waste.
*An unexamined life is a waste of skin.
*Seek to become your own hero, and never fail to be your own best friend.
*History: The romanticized account of ordinary men engaged in routine stupidity.
American History: The often exaggerated, and invariably sanitized account of ordinary men committing unconscionable atrocities in the name of God.”
Black History: “We had Kings too.”
*The very rules designed to curb the excesses of irresponsibility, also tend to restrict genius within the boundaries of mediocrity.
*Ask not, what your country can do for you. Ask, what YOU can do for yourself.
*Hostility is a sign of a weak and frustrated mind.
*There are only two kinds of people in this world – good people, and bad people – and ignorance is the dividing line between the two.
*The only true road to perfect fulfillment is dedicating your life to becoming your own hero.
*Without mistakes we would never grow; so we shouldn’t mourn our mistakes, we should celebrate our growth.
*You must recognize who you are, to visualize what you can become.
*The difference between a discussion and a debate is in a discussion both parties have the maturity to understand that since neither corners the market on either wisdom, knowledge, or intelligence, the point of the encounter is to share their respective points of view – not to win, but to learn.
*Money is the root of small people.
*The Mr. Wizard syndrome: While everyone wants recognition, whenever you run across anyone who lives their lives for the express purpose of impressing others by trying to be too cool, too cultured, or too braggadocious, they’re trying to hide an insecure little person inside.
*What an individual says is meaningless – always watch what they do.
*When you choose to live in a fantasy, you’re forced to view reality as a myth.
*You can either speak the truth for the sake of humanity, or be popular. You cannot do both.
*Efficient thought requires that we first, see life as it is, and only then, as we would have it.
*There is no status more lonely than that of an exceptional Black man – he’s hated by the White establishment because he’s a threat to the status quo, and he’s hated by the Black establishment because he’s a pie in the face of their delusions of grandeur.
*The subconscious mind doesn’t deal in self-assessment, so what you tell it you are, it believes, and begins to work on that assumption.
*You are what you think, so if you refuse to think, you’re nothing.
*We all have a burning desire to impress others with who we are, but more often than not we try to express that need through what we have, and there’s a huge difference between the two.
*Pseudo-intellectual: One who imparts common knowledge like he’s telling you something new.
*American Exceptionalism: “Of course we believe in the Bible, EXCEPT when it’s in conflict with our greed, prejudice, and self-interest.”
*It’s one thing to feel superior, that’s merely high self-esteem, but when you begin to believe it, that’s arrogance.
*Guns are a metaphor for penises, and “American exceptionalism” is a sexual fantasy.
*Waiting on happiness to make you happy will insure an unhappy existence. Be happy now!
*Never confuse hedonism with happiness.
*The only mature form of competition is against you’re last best effort.
*God made birds to fly, fish to swim, and man to think – but fish have sense enough to adhere to their nature.
*Never give anyone else’s ability to think priority over your own.
*It’s not the system that’s dysfunctional, we are – we’re so apathetic that we’re allowing the craziest among us to control the system.
*Heroes are for kids – they don’t have bills to pay.
*Poverty Pimp: One who has an overwhelming need to buy a homeless man a sandwich – but feels an even greater need to bring a camera crew along to record the event.
*Smiley and West: 21st Century pretexts for 19th Century thinking.
*Demagogue: One who’s quick to give you all he’s got – but all he’s got is a passionate desire to manipulate you.
*Compassionate Conservative: A Christian conservative who’s morally, and fundamentally, opposed to lynching – so he’ll starve you to death instead.
*Never fully trust ANY politician – after all, they’ve dedicated themselves to a life of crime.
*Political Rule of Thumb: Trying to find a politician who’s not self-serving is like searching for a homosexual who’s not gay.
*In order for ANY politician to get the majority of votes from people who disagree, he must lie to at least some of them – so if your favorite politician is holding office, he’s a liar by definition.