Wisdom of the Ancestors – April 2013
“If one knows thee not or a blind man scolds thee, do not become angry.”
This is a message from the Wise to the Conscious-in-Training, many of whom find themselves still having to contend with the Unrighteous and the Stupid: If the person running his fat mouth about you has no idea what he’s talking about (as is often the case), and if he is (metaphorically) blinded to the truth of who you really are, you are under no obligation, whatsoever to give a damn.
It’s really that simple.
It’s almost laughable that PWDKY (People Who Don’t Know You) believe they have a right to comment on your life, and what goes on in it, when the non-details they’re privy to are sketchy, on a good day.
That has got to be about as old as the Universe itself, and is – assuredly – just as annoying.
This isn’t as simple as “family members can talk, strangers can’t”, however; we all have relatives (not family, just RELATIVES) that don’t even know something as basic as what our favorite color is, yet believe themselves to be closer to us than what they actually are, by virtue of sharing a bloodline.
On the other hand, we have friends we trust with the secrets that we even keep from ourselves.
And had not White Supremacy destroyed the very fabric of the Black Family, “knowledge” and “relation” could have very well been synonymous terms.
However, White Supremacy has destroyed our natural familial bonds, forcing us to redefine “family” as “a group of people who only associate with each other because they are aware of the fact they’re related”.
Hence, we are left with our friends, or – as I’ve heard it described – our “Family of Choice”.
It is our Family of Choice who has been with us through our darkest hour.
It is they whom we trust, above all others.
It is they who’ve given us the COURAGE to fight, when we had none.