A Seven Generation Vow: Saving Our African Way of Life From the War Being Waged Against It

Posted on December 3, 2012 by

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By Amenseph JP Weekes

“A Vow of Seven Generations is a serious commitment”

IT IS TIMEHaving read the book “IT IS TIME”, by Sister LeTava Mabilijengo, I was highly impressed with a set of solutions that she outlined for addressing and correcting the conditions, problems and mindset that have been put upon and embraced by the Black and Afrikan communities of peoples.

The book outlines a variety of problems that snag the fabric of our everyday lives. However, the author refused to just highlight the general areas of issues and concerns (which unfortunately has become a common practice for far too many of us). She lays out a set of solutions and challenges for those of us who are brave and committed enough to undertake them, to bring about the changes that our circumstances sorely need, and the inter-generational continuity they require.

My reflections are in no way an attempt to rewrite what Sister LeTava has shared within her book. What I am sharing is a show of admiration of the dedication and call for action that some of the solutions outlined in her book embody. “IT IS TIME.”

Solution #1 – You must accept the FACT that we are in a WAR

“It is important for you to possess the ability to understand that we are at war and we are living in war conditions… It is not normal that in every category of statistics that records threats to health or social quality of life for humans, Black people top every list. This is not normal and is NOT a coincidence… The vow of Seven Generations means that every moment of every day you are committed to making decisions with the next seven generations in mind… You are (literally and figuratively) making choices that will determine their quality of life and the community that will receive them.”

Let’s take a brief look at what war really is.

War is an organized, armed, and often a prolonged conflict that is carried on between states, nations, or other parties, typified by extreme aggression, social disruption, and, usually, high mortality. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare.

Are we really at war?

There is an established and prolonged organized conflict (agenda) carried out towards, and against Black/Afrikan Peoples. This agenda (War) is armed with an oppressive nature and social disruption that has killed and/or plagued our culture, ways of life, and indigenous heritage for many generations.

The very etymology of the word ‘war’ means to confuse, to perplex, to bring into confusion.

It is definitely NOT a coincidence that through many of the techniques and tactics of this warfare, Black/Afrikan People top the negative list in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war). For far too many of our people, this has become the inherent, perplexed and confused state of being (physically, spiritually, and mentally); an epidemic that many have accepted — consciously or subconsciously — as their reality, with all the negative impact that it holds for their sense of self worth and self determination. For far too many, this warfare has resulted in a nearly complete eradication of their desire or ability to understand, identify and embrace themselves within the context of their culture and historiography, and be nurtured by the awesome excellence in human ingenuity demonstrated by our ancestors.

“Yes an act of war; conditions of war”. However, there are only two sides to this reality of war. Those that don’t know, or refuse to believe that there is a war – (casualties of war); and those that know there is a war (Warriors). Which one are you?

Our circumstances should not be defined only by problems, their undermining effects and the control they have on our people but must include our diligent determination and competence for developing solutions that enable us to eradicate or rise above those problems. The solutions we pursue should be the types of responses that not only correct the problems faced, but also eradicate the very nature and mindset that bring them into being. These solutions need to address and correct not only the problems of the moment but should give birth to visionary consciousness and values, and unrelenting courses of committed actions that brings into being and perpetuate an organized structure, plan and agenda as a paradigm for generations to follow.

Why are we making the same mistakes?

There is a biblical writing that states that one should not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, to prove what is good, acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

When you look at the transliteration of this you should understand it as follows (from its Greek terminology as it was written/defined):

“One must not (be conformed) — fashion their self, their mind, or their character to follow after, or to shape themselves after that of another, for (this) — a period of time or within this (world) — human lifetime. But one must (transform) — change into the form which is right, true, and real – (Maat). By (renewing) — making a complete change for the better, and having the understanding that will determine the (mind) — mode of thinking that will (prove) — scrutinize and seek that which is (good) — genuine, upright, honorable and (acceptable) — pleasing, wanting nothing necessary for completeness of integrity and virtue – (perfect), (will)- but determining what shall be done, according to the divine laws of God.”

But don’t think for a moment that this expression in biblical writing was the first or only concept of what should be done via active response and solution. The directions for social order and reversal of chaos was taught for  thousands of years before these inspired Greek words, and it was done through the Afrikan Centered/indigenous teachings of Maat (Truth, Justice, Righteousness, Harmony, Balance, Reciprocity, Right Order). This was not just the Divine law for how man was to live and operate, but it was the creative order for how all things were established and came into being. From this we can see that there should be no reason to conform or become fashioned after something else or someone else’s influence or imposed rules, or standards.

Why is this important to emphasize? Because when it comes to liberating our Afrikan selves, and freeing our Afrikan minds, to bring about lasting, liberating transformation, there is, and must be, a Black/Afrikan centered context and perspectives by which to connect and relate – persons, objectives and actions — and provide an effective foundation to build upon. When equipped with these resources by which to create and perpetuate the appropriate changes and way of life, the life standards of future generations will have much to honor and live by.

Solution #8 – Take Control of Your Own Destiny

malcolm x“We are still in the position to choose for ourselves how we will and will not live; How we will and will not die… We owe it to our Ancestors and the Seven Generations who will come from us to be great and to live free. A vow of Seven Generations means to love your Ancestors, your Family and your future Children more than you fear your enemy”

“… you will soon realize that how you live is one important factor. How you die is another, equally as important… it is inevitable that one day my (your) children will have to live without me (you).”

Make the memory of you last through the love of you. Multiply the people whom the city shelters…” (From the book of Kheti, sect. ii). From the maxims of Ptah-Hotep, it is stated that, “Maat is great, its value is lasting and it has remained unchanged and unequalled since the time of its Creator”.

From these ancient teachings we have been given wise instructions having the main focus on Maat and the moral and spiritual obligation that each person in community has in preserving and practicing it, in and for the community.

Actions of this quality and power only take place when there is a vow and dedication to do the very best, as one sees the best, not just in and for themselves but for the lives of those to whom they are connected, and the lives of those yet to be.

Solution # 9 – Solve the World’s Worst Problem

“Within each generation’s vow of seven generations, there must be a three generation recovery plan — a plan to fix some of the problems that you are now facing, so that by the time your grandchildren have children, they will not inherit a problem that was yours to resolve.”

Along the lines of commitment, “We MUST DO all that we can, in every way that we can, in order to leave our communities more beautiful than when we inherited it”. We must be creative.

To solve a problem, we must be about something and not waiting for something to take place. Waiting for things to happen is not the legacy of greatness that should be left for our children. We have inherited problems passed on to us by those before us who were silent about things that mattered – waiting, and so it would be for our children after us, for they would inherit some of the same old problems that we have not fixed or have become silent about – waiting.

But we have gained confidence, direction and purpose because of our worthy ancestors, and the same should be for our children’s, children’s, children… “They will not inherit a problem that was yours to resolve.”

IT IS TIME

As said already this is only a brief review or insight to a few solutions outlined in Sister LeTava’s book, “IT IS TIME,” and the “Vow of Seven Generations” it calls for.

For a vow and commitment to seven generations to become effective there must be a re-evaluation of how you interpret and define your conditioning. Begin to address and solve particular problems that you have inherited and prepare your children to become even greater agents of change.

A generation was once looked at as the span of 30-40 years. But today that is not the case, as the average of a generational span is 15-20 years. In other words today’s time is half of what it used to be in regards to a generation, both regarding the people that make up a generation and the actual time span in which to relate or operate. In short, we have no time to waste or lose; for to waste it is to lose it!

It is time! To make these generational vows and commitments; to bring together stronger working family units that ultimately become stronger communities of people who seize the time to confront and confound the warfare that would seek to kill and/or plague our culture, ways of life, and indigenous heritage; to leave with our children, and generations beyond imagination, infinite aspirations and expectations for life, prosperity and good health. It is time!

To obtain a copy of the book “It is Time” by LeTava Mabilijengo visit her  website: www.SisterLeteva.com

IT IS TIME !

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