In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,
“Know Thyself, Be Thyself, Complete Thyself” — Knobeco Knobeco
Recently, I announced my interest in understanding why even ‘Conscious’ relationships fail. I realized in my own failed relationships that Conscious Black thought isn’t a monolith and though many share commonalities the differences often leave otherwise agreeable men and women at odds. For instance, one can have an aspirational interest in Malcolm X while another can have an academic interest in Malcolm X; and the two may not sync. Another may view Black Businesses as their sole outlet, while their counterpart may agree but view Arabs as Blacks. Another discordance.
In order to assess the depth of diversity, I sent out a survey to six other conscious people. Upon looking over their answers, I could induce shared ideas but ideological and cognitive differences therein. Following are the inductions and the following pages will show each person’s answers in addition to their ideological and cognitive profiles.
An Inductive Ideological and Cognitive Profile of the African Conscious Community
By Oniaset Kumat
Firstly, these are the four questions:
1) Answer honestly and according to how YOU understand it:
If you could travel back into the 60s, where would you go? What would you do? Why?
2) Answer honestly and according to how YOU understand it:
Suppose you had a million extra dollars to spend today however you see fit. How would you spend it, where would you spend it, why?
3) Answer honestly and according to how YOU understand it:
A friend who thinks like you says that another shared adult entertainment with him/her. Your friend said it was amazing. What do you suppose it was and what would you assume the contents were. If your friend instead said “It was borderline disturbing,” what do you suppose it was and what do you assume the contents were?
4) Answer honestly and according to how YOU understand it:
Considering your earlier answer, would you raise a white baby in exchange for a million dollars, expenses excluded? Why or why not? How would you raise the white baby if so?
Each question fits a different category (Politics, Economics, Culture and Ethics respectively) and they are all hypotheticals that are open to interpretation. For the Political Question, I partly wanted to assess whether the respondent would think the 60s referred to the 1960s and whether their 60s activity would be in or out of america [where each respondent is located.] For the Economical Question, I wanted to assess how important money is to the respondent [an important question in relationships as money can be stressful particularly to materialists.] For the Cultural Question, I simply wanted a question which addresses sex. In retrospect this question wasn’t great. But I also made sure to say ‘adult entertainment’ as it could mean anything from a video to an article. Regarding the Ethical Question, I wanted to assess how the respondent views white people; a view which a colonized couple should share.
I gained much more than I set out to gain though. The Common threads of African Consciousness are beautiful to say the least. For instance, in the Political Question, I learned that all respondents would intervene with the past in some shape or form. This tells me that Conscious Africans look at past activities as something that could have been more robust; and also they see a connection between past and present–present and future. In the Economical, we see that all respondents have an interest in acquiring more property and/or supporting a sort of business. Contrast this, of course, to the Africans who have millions and get themselves cars, shoes or boats. In the Cultural Question, we see ‘adult entertainment’ as meaning ‘pornography’ to all respondents. This informs us that the narrative of ‘adult entertainment’ is shaped by Eurasians. A sad fact for even Conscious Africans. Finally, for the Ethical Question, we see Africans willing to raise children though not necessarily a white one; and we see that all respondents believe that there’s something wrong with white people.
As to Ideological variety, we can induce from the answers to each question a different dichotomy:
Family-first versus Race-first
Does the respondent focus on their more immediate circle or their global circle?
Eurasian Markets versus African Markets
Does the respondent spend the money moreso with Eurasians or Africans?
Wary versus Unconcerned
Does the respondent view the Eurasian media as Propaganda and to what extent?
Imperialist versus Nationalist
Does the respondent more use or refuse the Eurasians outright?
Because Africans come to their conclusions of Consciousness outside of an established institution, this series of dichotomies are very varied. It begs for other researchers to view these and other dichotomies as things for which we should gain ideological clarity. I.e. should Africans choose to act mostly for their families or their continent?
As to Cognitive variety, we can induce from the answers to each question a different dichotomy:
Teach versus Invest
Does the respondent intervene by more teaching or investing? [An imperfect dichotomy as Teaching can be seen as Investing]
Money as Ends versus Money as Means
Does the respondent use the money to make more money or to get what money can get?
Theoretical versus Empirical
Does the respondent look at ‘adult entertainment’ through their own principles or through their own experiences?
Naturalist versus Nurturalist
Does the respondent view white people as wrong by nature or nurture?
These are also very varied and should entice other researchers to answer these for cognitive clarity. I.e. are whites wrong by nature or nurture? By the way, for those interested, I have personally answered ‘nature.’
These explained, I’d like to introduce you all to the six respondents. I’ll give each a codename [which are Ki-Swahili Ordinal Numbers] then briefly describe their Ideological and Cognitive Profiles. In the pages to come, you can see their barely edited responses and judge whether my inductions and assessments are accurate.
Also, as a fair warning, I’ve induced very neutral dichotomies; yet some responses may be viewed as ‘blunt.’ Just remember, these questions were all hypothetical and also my asking the questions may have affected the answers.
First, in order of receipt,
Kwanza is a male. Ideologically, I’d say Kwanza was Race-First though very close to a mix. He seemed deeply interested in African Markets. He seemed mostly Unconcerned about the impact of Propaganda on him. He also had an Imperialist answer. Cognitively, I’d say Kwanza was a moreso about investing but as a mix. He moreso views money as an ends. He appears to view things more empirically. And it seems he views nurture as stronger than nature.
In short, Race-First, African-Market, Unconcerned Imperialist and an investing, money-as-ends empirical nurturalist.
Pili is a female and is pregnant with Kwanza and her baby. Her responses were sent in through Kwanza so both Kwanza and I detected a little influence. Ideologically, I’d say Pili was more Family-First. She appeared open to European Markets. She seemed Unconcerned about European propaganda’s impact. And she also had an Imperialist mindset. Cognitively, she was a mix between investing and teaching, although moreso investing. She also viewed money-as-an-ends. She was also very empirical and a nurturalist.
In short, she was Family-First, European-Market, Unconcerned Imperialist and investing, money-as-ends empirical nurturalist.
This is of course is major Dua to Kwanza and Pili for being in a relationship with one another! They may disagree on which market to invest in or whether to strengthen the family or the continent first; but outside of that–without examining the ‘balance’ or ‘extreme’–they are pretty similar.
Tatu is a female who used to meet with me in a group which studied the ABS Pamphlet. She also admitted that her answers may depend on whose asking the questions. Ideologically, I’d say Tatu is Family-First, African-Markets, Wary, and moreso Imperialist. Cognitively, I’d say she’s about investing, money-as-ends, theoretical and a nurturalist.
Nne is a male and a famous blogger. Ideologically, Nne seems a mix of Race-First and Family-First but biased to Race. Nne want to mix Eurasian and African markets but seems to want to start in Eurasian markets. Nne appears wary of Eurasian propaganda. And Nne seems more Nationalist. Cognitively, Nne is mix between teaching and investing (an imperfect dichotomy) but I’d edge him to investing. He’s also a money-as-an-ends. Further I’d say he were theoretical and also a Naturalist.
Tano is a female and another famous blogger. Ideologically, Tano is a mix of Family and Race-first, but moreso Race-First. She’s definitely an African-Markets type. She’s also Wary and Nationalist. Cognitively, she’s the teaching type, she seems money-as-a-means, I would consider her empirical and she seems to be a Naturalist.
Lastly, Sita is a male. Ideologically, Sita seems Family-First. He’s definitely African-Markets. He seemed unconcerned with Eurasian propaganda. And he appears to be a Naturalist. Cognitively, Sita is firmly about teaching. He views money as a means moreso. He appears Empirical and a Naturalist.
Of course, you all can decide by clicking the pages following.
I may seek to continue this line of Induction and perhaps open a different more elaborate survey to my other readers. Until then, Dua for reading and Dua to the six for answering. Until next time, consider your own Cognitive and Ideological Profile and whether the person you are interested in shares more of your profile than otherwise.
Also, if you wish, I encourage you to quantify your numbers. For instance, on a scale of -5 to 5, where are you in terms of Family-First (-5) or Race-First (5). That was my initial goal for each respondent, but it may make this article less readable.
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