Academic journal article The Western Journal of Black Studies

Offensive Language Afflicts Black Youth's Psyche

Academic journal article The Western Journal of Black Studies

Offensive Language Afflicts Black Youth's Psyche

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Observation, the most basic process of Science, began when the earliest Africans "took note" of their natural disasters and what was seen, heard, felt, tasted, and smelled inside their daily surroundings. Building on this information, Very Ancient Africans conceived of different planes of Cosmic existence--i.e, the Immaterial (e.g. the "heavens" and the Ocean of Nun); the Intangible (the Sublime); and the Tangible (the material planes), Next, they developed the Subjective (the Intangible and Immaterial Realms) and Objective (Tangible) Sciences. In its broadest sense, the word "Science" (Latin, scire, "to know") denotes a system that follows a set of rules within experience, reflection, and/or experimentation so that one knows that one knows.

"Objective" Science evolved in Tangible realms as sharper observations gave rise to more specific inferences; then to reasonable generalizations; then to pertinent hypotheses; then to testing for evidence; then to verifying for proof; and then to grafting upon proof static concepts and materials for practical distribution. These were probably the steps followed by the Egyptians when they formalized and thereby originated (between 2000 and 1500 BCE) a six step Scientific Method (Sertima, 1976).

"Subjective" Science was created by Ancient Africans to acquire whatever was needed to reach the heaven Afterlife. Its essence, as found in African Creation Mythology, was revealed to Sages by higher powers. The Ocean of Nun was deemed a Unity/Oneness transition because it represents the body of God (a Unity); contains no objects; consists of a dual nature of Consciousness/Will and Energy/Matter; and possesses an infinite variety of Potential Possibilities (a Oneness) destined to be expressed within the Tangible world (Amen, 1990). When that moment of expression occurs, an Archetype ('seed') appears for a given creature group or a given creation group--say a human being or a tree. By deriving out of the Nun (i.e. out of the body of God), all Archetypes and their respective offspring creatures and creations are spiritually related, no matter how remote in time or space. This is called the Law of Sympathy.

Meanwhile, to gain insight into how God organized the Cosmos and the creatures and creations inside it, Very Ancient African priest-astronomers studied the stars and planets. By means of astro-mathematics, they developed Subjective Realm laws for use as standards against which all spiritual assessments are to be made. Around (?) 5500 BC these laws and standards were crystallized by the Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus (Tehuti, Thoth, Tout, Tehuty or Djehwty) into Seven Principles (Three Initiates, 1940).

Pertinent here is the Principle of Correspondence: "As above, so below; as below, so above." It embodies the truth that there is always conformity between the laws and phenomena of the various existence planes of Being and Life. Thus, by understanding the known, African Sages could infer (by Deductive and Inductive reasoning) much that would otherwise be unknowable (Three Initiates, 1940). In other words, they used this "Pre-scientific Method" (e.g. observations of the Tangible) to explain the unknown and the unseen above the Material planes (i.e. within Sublime and Immaterial Realms).

To study other aspects of the Subjective World, Ancient Africans perfected the basic tools of Observation, Reflection, "Pure" Feelings, Productive Imagination, Contemplation, Inductive and Deductive Inferences, and Common Sense. Despite only providing a glimpse into the speaker's personality, system of values, and significant concerns and desires, the "Pre-scientific Method's" approaches and methods applied to the Subjective Sciences can be workably modified for studying offensive language.

In addressing the question: "What are the spiritual, mental, social, and physical afflictions caused by offensive language?" this article provides background concepts and definitions for key terms; offers comments designed to remove barriers to understanding; and presents ideas intended to fashion a new paradigm for thought--a paradigm based upon Ancient Africans' "Wholistic" Law of Sympathy. …

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