In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in Peace,
“It is better to not know and to know one does not know than to presumptuously attribute random meaning to symbols.” — African Proverb
I had been asked “What is the Origin of European Deception?” I wrote this article in turn. When discussing it with the inquirer, we realized one fundamental destitution our Race finds itself: we lack, in the West, a Scientific Discipline of note. For when we discuss the question of nature, ‘Science’ is the field under discussion, yet where can the African go within his society that will lend to him the wonders of the chameleon, the starfish, the octopus or the lion? Even her melanin molecule must be studied through the lens of her enemy whose thought processes gear toward domination rather than civilization. “Where is your lab?” I was asked by an Elder and the meaning is all the more clear. I retell his sentiment to you, reader, “Where is your lab? Where is your language?”
I regret to say that this important discussion is told without a lab, without the firsthand observance of nature and without an African language. “Deception” may be used too loosely. To have an African Discussion in a European Language is a terrible affront to our intellect! However if publishing will spark you, reader, to invest in your sciences or your languages, then I publish this with the great pleasure of doing service to our ancestors and African Love. Ase!
The Origin of Deception in Africans and Non-Africans
By Onitaset Kumat
During a Pan-African meeting, it was asked “What is the Origin of European Deception?” One Brother had offered that it is ‘envy’ and a Sister had related that knowing he deceives is knowledge enough. However as the inquirer asked again, knowing that “it is better to not know and to know [I] do not know than to presumptuously attribute random meaning to symbols,” I admitted to having never considered it. So I’ve been considering it. And whereas I am adamant about being cautious of Europeans as theirs are the forked tongues, it would behoove me to claim ‘deception’ has its origins with Europeans specifically or non-Africans generally. For is there not ‘deception’ outside of humanity? And if that is a simple truth, what does this deception mean for African people and non-Africans? And why is the non-African always going to be Deceptive?
I never personally owned a pet or fully immersed myself in natural life, but from what I gleaned, there are many examples of, for lack of a better word, ‘deception’ in nature (deception is in quotation marks as non-African words can not encapsulate ‘nature’ and/or the ‘divine’ [same reason]). There are for instance ‘trappers’ like the so-called Venus Flytrap or Spider, which rather than chasing their victims, trap them whether by feign or device. There are also employments of ‘camouflage,’ the popular example being so-called chameleons but also numerous aquatic animals such as the starfish or the mantis shrimp. Then of course there are predators who sneak upon their prey and the ‘prey,’ often unable to outrun their predator, employ ‘jukes’ or ‘optical illusions’ to escape.
Obviously, none of these examples elicit the negative connotation ‘deception’ has or that non-Africans have earned. However, one last example will suffice to exploring the greater implication of ‘deception’ and therefore “Why the non-African is always Deceptive?” As the earlier examples are ‘nature without humans,’ this next example, while not as natural, should be read as a continuation of the former. A pet dog obeys humans without any understanding whatsoever, and this, like the other, is an example of deception. Just the same, a human can obey a dog without any understanding and that too is an example of deception. The question to ask then is why does the dog obey or attempt to obey the man or vise-versa, the answer in this example as well as all the others is helplessness and/or humiliation.
The ancients have been translated to say “The only thing that is humiliating is helplessness.” In the West, it’s discouraged to say that animals can feel humiliated much less plants, however I will again hold my comment as I simply do not know. Nevertheless, one can easily connect every earlier example of ‘deception’ to the otherwise helplessness of the animal or plant in question. If, for instance, a Lion had an overabundance of stamina, she would not need to crouch under the tall grass and slowly approach a gazelle. And if the venus flytrap could move, it may not need to be perfectly still to eat. The list could go on. But who is to say that when a Lion sprints too early, fails to catch her prey, and suffers along with her cubs due to hunger that she is not humiliated? And whose to say that the plant which fails to trap any food doesn’t have any reaction?
Obviously, even in the example of animals, one can see that what’s called ‘deception’ can also be called strategy. It’s no surprise that the non-African Sun Tzu in explaining non-African warfare wrote “all warfare is based on deception.” The lion’s sneaking conserves its energy, as does the spiders web and the flytrap’s patience. Indeed, ‘deception’ due helplessness and humiliation can become ‘deception’ due strategy. This latter deception in people however has moral implications, particularly relating to what the person strategizes on. However when one connects the necessary deceptiveness of non-Africans to non-African ambition (domination), one can see why the non-African is necessarily immoral.
But let’s get into deception in Africans and non-Africans. The helpless deceive to bypass humiliation. In order to make a ‘pet’ obey a person, that person humiliates it and vise-versa. Yet in the strictly human sphere, one observes in the West how the least confident feign confidence while courting or more explicitly those who are unable to execute a task will falsely excuse their inabilities. In regard to Africans, this form of deception speaks to the taught helplessness from which we suffer. The implication for non-Africans is different.
Deception clearly has two modes, one is a consequence of helplessness; the other is strategic. Whereas it’s possible that everything employs both (down even to cells), the African is unique in that the African has a choice with the former. More specifically, the non-African has no choice in whether it will be deceptive, for compared to the African (which some contend is its ancestor) the non-African is helpless and humiliated. The humiliation writes itself. The comparison between African and non-African shows the latter lacks the chemical key to life (melanin), is physically, mentally and spiritually inferior, has no history of its own, has the hair of a dog, the nose of a dog and the skin of a pig, is aesthetically undesirable, has less tolerance for heat and cold, is less civilized, has an inclination to pedophilia, violence, misogyny, homosexuality and rape, can not withstand the sun for too long, has a lower pain threshold, smells horribly, has lower vitamin levels, and used to be cannibalistic, warring cave dwellers at a time when Africans built timeless monuments that stand even to this day. While among themselves, they may not feel helpless or humiliated, it is a necessary feeling for non-Africans in light of Africans. As such the non-African is necessarily deceptive. And though the non-African learns the strategic deception, deception through comparative humiliation is not something non-Africans can one day not know. We, Africans, however do not suffer the same comparisons. In fact, ‘deception’ can be unlearned in Africans the more we encourage each other to self-help, much like Lions do not sneak up on other Lions, but announce their entrance days in advance.
I finish with an interesting note. One can read from “The Asarian Drama” into this same question of “The Origin of Deception in Africans,” and observe its divinity in Africans, yet its upon us to realize that due the non-Africans necessary deception and their ambition to dominate, the non-African is as Chancellor Williams put it, “the implacable foe, the traditional and everlasting enemy of the Blacks.”