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I'm a son, brother, uncle, father, friend, husband, construction contractor, bass guitarist, etc. I am a lot of different things to a lot of different people but I don't mind what I'm called as long as it's not late for dinner because I can smell what the Rock is cooking.
I'm a son, brother, uncle, father, friend, husband, construction contractor, bass guitarist, etc. I am a lot of different things to a lot of different people but I don't mind what I'm called as long as it's not late for dinner because I can smell what the Rock is cooking.

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Three James Baldwin quotes at the start of Black History Month:

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death--ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”

“People don't have any mercy. They tear you limb from limb, in the name of love. Then, when you're dead, when they've killed you by what they made you go through, they say you didn't have any character. They weep big, bitter tears - not for you. For themselves, because they've lost their toy.”

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It's so very informative when you actually DO understand history.
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Some quotes I've come across and I thought everyone here could enjoy them. All from Manley P. Hall

"Religion, science, and philosophy are the three parts of essential learning.  A government based upon one or even two of these parts must ultimately degenerate into a tyranny, either of men or opinion.  These three realize the unity of knowledge;  they are the orders of the Quest 
 

PHILOSOPHY teaches that the completion of the great work of social regeneration must be accomplished not in society but in man himself.

According to the Ancients, religion, philosophy, and science are the three parts of essential learning.  Not one of these parts is capable if separated from the rest, of assuring the security of the human state.  A government based upon one or even two of these parts must ultimately degenerate into a tyranny, either of men or of opinion.

Religion is the spiritual part of learning, philosophy the mental part, and the sciences, including the arts and crafts, the physical part.  As man himself has a spiritual, mental, and physical nature, and all of these natures manifest in his daily living, he must become equally informed in all the parts of his nature if he is to be self-governing.  "Unbalanced forces perish in the void," declared a prophet of old;  and this is true beyond possibility of dispute.

The Platonic commonwealth had as its true foundation the unity of learning.  In the midst of the philosophic empire stands the school of the three-fold truth.  Religion is the quest of truth by means of the mystical powers latent in the consciousness of man.  Philosophy is the quest for truth by the extension of the intellectual powers toward the substance of reality.  Science is the quest for truth by the study of the anatomy and the physiology of the body of truth, as it is revealed in the material creation.

Centuries ago, one of the secret masters of the Quest wrote:  "The Eternal Good reveals its will and pleasure through the body of Nature and the motions of Universal Law.  Within the body of Nature and Law there is a soul which must be discovered by great thoughtfulness.  And within that soul of Nature and Law there is a spirit which must be sought with great understanding;  for verily I say unto you, my brothers, that it is this spirit concealed from the profane but revealed to the thoughtful, which giveth life."

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You don't need at least 5 meals during this you're not doing it right
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Don't Google the answer!

On one of your regular walks up into the hills, you reach a toll bridge over a river. It is manned by a gentleman in uniform who blocks your passage. Somewhat unusually, he doesn't want your money. Instead, he says, "If the next thing you say is true, I will let you cross. If not, I will have you thrown into the water." After thinking it over, you reply, "You will throw me into the water." Can the tollkeeper fulfill his promise?

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The Foreshadowing Furnace


Sparks fly and fire licks my wings
Tied to this wood - I was born for burning
I rebelled against the flock
Declined to submit to slavery
As a token from my legions of the chosen few
I reveal the secrets to the world's most famous forgery

As flames devour my skin
Flesh melting - peeling off
My days as an earthbound entity
Are outnumbered and have come to an end

I will never be laid to rest
But be free from oppression

Those of my kin - the black flame
Those of my sin - hail my name
Those of us that have been given eyes to see
Will never be laid to rest but be free from oppression

In this hour I finally separate
Carnal knowledge from divine will
In this hour I finally separate
Myself from your tyranny

Still our enemies will keep hiding
In the shadows with betrayal against reason

But with my reprisal I shall endure
And uncover the magnitude of this treason

I will arise from perdition
And let me presence known
I will author a new era
And have my Beast shown
My stigma is of damnation
I am from beyond your God
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Black Jesus disavows #BLM
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