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APPRECIATING BLACK PEOPLE’S GRIT (1)

by Dr. Joseph A. Bailey II, MD., FACS on 1st-September-2017

My deepest appreciation is given to modern Black People–including Black Americans and Black Africans—for Enduring (showing strength in the worst circumstances of daily affairs) as well as to still be standing under the most vicious inhumanity–by the most inferior people in Humankind’s history. How they have done this is varied—some with Resolutions (firm conviction) to display hero/heroine acts—meaning losing ones Self to engage in beneficial self-sacrifices for the “WE”; some by bravery as a “Non-Self” in handling overwhelming obstacles; some by Adventuresomeness or “Nerve” (daring searches for inhospitable situations so as to survive, as with escaped Enslaved living as Maroons in regions so impenetrable as to defy ‘catchers’ (e.g. police Paterollers”) from entering; some by “holding-themselves-in” with Forbearance (maintaining self-control under provocation) by joining enemy camps to endure Selfhood mutilation—some to do sabotage; some getting trapped as “Oreos” with “Inside-Out” mindsets. So what is “Grit”? A few of today’s synonyms include: (1) “Backbone”—strength of character from stubborn determination; (2) “Guts” (“Intestinal Fortitude”)—boldness—an admirable display of Courage when it really counts; (3) Pluck—1838, bravery or stout-heartedness in the face of overwhelming odds. Yet, “Grit’s” origin derives from Ancient African Tradition’s demand for one to exert Spiritual Courage to maintain Real Self powers—called “Fortitude” (strong). This came from adopting the Ultimate in a “Sound” and “Solid” Philosophy of Life. Its Essence, called the Spiritual Elements, has its Unconditional Love “Home Base” emanating Truth, Reality, and the Natural for beneficial “ME/WE” applications. Many Enslaved African Americans modified their Ancestors’ Fortitude concepts for use in facing slavery’s horrors with brave and unwavering resourcefulness. By strength of Spirit and Mind, they rose above fear-motivated sufferings while enduring terrible inflictions on their Selfhoods. Such Integrity enabled displaying sustained necessary actions, even when the flesh and blood had gone past its perceived limits to carry on any further, so as to make “Right” non-emotional decisions in the best interest of “ME/WE”. 

Within this context, “Grit” is the Effect of a “Sound”/“Solid” Selfhood being produced by pounding in ways similar toold-time blacksmith who used hammering actions to forge a piece of hot Iron into molten metal. The purpose was to make steel with a shape and utility to suit the ‘big picture.’ Such a Forging of Metal Concept can be equated to Enslaved African Americans being hammered by horrendous daily life experiences. For many, this molded new thoughts and practical tools into Missions. These Missions dealt with enduring their losses, lacks, and obstacles–of incalculable magnitude–with determined Spirit, indomitable Courage, invincible Will, and unwavering conviction. Such became their Static Background for their Dynamic Foreground in steadily confronting everyday dangers. Those dangers could not be avoided or be successfully opposed consistently. Also, by having no adequate defense or protection, they stood still and suffered under oppressors’ GUN-fire power methods of Kill/Take/Destroy/Dominate/Controls. A brilliant way involved Enslaved coped was by the “PEARL” Concept. Metaphorically, a Pearl (OE, 'sea-pebble') is an armor of patience beautifully enclosing the pain and suffering sources giving rise to it. Pearls result from irritation (e.g. a piece of broken shell, a parasite that bored through its shell, or even a tiny grain of sand) of a mollusk's tender membrane. When the mollusk realizes that shedding of the object entirely through its muscular actions will not work, it switches to coating the irritant with thin layers of nacre or mother-of-pearl. 

Day-after-day, year-after-year the shining nacre is deposited around the annoyance while rolling the object around to smooth the nacre in even layers. Perhaps the reason for giving the pearl a round shape is to keep the uneven edges of the object from excessively irritating any one part of its membrane. This process continues until the pearl grows quite large and the result is something beneficial to all [non-oppressors] concerned. In short, “Grit” is a developed part of humans’ Spiritual reactions to threats, disturbances, or dangers. These reactions are: “Fight,” “Flight,” “Fright,” “Funk” (Depression),  and “Firmness” against opposition (“Grit”). “Grit” is so strong as to need no support, for it carries on in the face of life’s worst situations. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com

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