Recognizing Our Greatness pt. 1

by Young Che on June 30, 2008

I know it has been a little over a month since my last post. Of course when I started this little project I was fairly certain that it would just be a matter of time before I resorted to my comfort zone when it comes to writing on a regular basis; not writing at all. For me its not as much the act of writing I try to avoid but the act of wasted energy. Secondly, but probably even more important than conserving my own energy is a heightened sense of security as we continue to move closer to a police state. Most of our actions and words can be monitored at will by whomever wants to know something about us. The very illusion of freedom that we take for granted is quietly being stripped from us all. I also don’t like to invest too much time in efforts that won’t produce desirable results. Another sticking point of mine is making sure that I really understand my motives for doing anything that takes effort, focus and any amount of brainpower. The other thing that I can’t help but be a little self-conscious about is the needs of my audience. It’s a fine line when it comes to deciding what content is relevant as well as timely to share in this type of format. I’ll refrain from over analyzing the inner workings of my mind which is very swift and changeable. Most days I’m all over the place in terms of subject matter so it’s hard to narrow down on one subject to dig into further on a regular basis.

Through some long moments of intense reflection I have been struggling to thoroughly understand this twilight-zonish period of time we seem to be careening through as a people. For a while I thought I was just trippin (which is apparently part of the problem), but it seems to be very real. I lived long enough to recognize economic cycles and witness us repeat history by not learning from our collective experiences. Last week I read an article in the LA Weekly that sums up our unique approach to making progress as a people. We exercise a relaxed pace like the brothers on the block waiting for tomorrow to get here. I can vividly remember riding my bike around the city observing how bleak our condition as a people was and how f’d up our city was as a whole. This was about 15 years ago. The scary part is that our condition today looks just as bleak as it did back then. As I was making my transition into manhood I remember thinking that we were entering the dark ages as a people. Looking back it would seem that we have been stagnant overall as a people. For all of our individual (& small group) achievements we have remained rudderless as a people in the landscape of human history. However, the time is ripe for our rise as a people. Our greatness shines through whenever we put our mind to any endeavor.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: