Ancient Africans’ Personal Power Grit (Type I) had its Static Background Source from so deep within themselves as to stay “ME/WE” interconnected/interpenetrated under orchestration by the One Universal High Spiritual God. To these three, each African had a Dynamic Foreground Obligation, Duty, and Responsibility to Produce, Provide, and Protect. Each personally shouldered consequences for anything not properly done or left undone, but should have been done. In general, White people’s Personal Power Grit (Type II) is from outside themselves–with a Static Background based upon Contingent Beings (e.g. a remote Supernatual God, Hell, and Devil). Their Dynamic Foreground is powered by the GUN (any killing or destroying device) + protection from hate-filled Networks geared to doing Evil/Sadistic acts. Many Black Americans’ Grit (Type III) have a spotty, hazy, Type I Static Background and a Dynamic Foreground of Frustration (‘to injure’)—featuring: “there is nothing I can do about it!” Its mental chaos displays as Needs and Needy Wants—i.e. Physical and Spiritual Human Nature Nourishment–for what is never ful-filled + to try to Please but in vain + to long for Truth but only get deceit, confusion, and disadvantaged. Frustration—stemming from a being in a stifling life not rooted in ones own Personal Powers–is an understandable Association of Self-Defeating Emotions. They include Shame, Insecurity, Inadequacy, Powerlessness, Worthlessness—themselves mere Illusions and Delusions, no matter what the cause. Accompanying mood swings, from Unchecked bad ‘self-talk,’ leads to ugly imagery and instability–a set-up for inefficiency/ineffectiveness–a set-up for conveying wrong intensions or messages–a set-up for rejecting ‘helpers’—a set-up for recurring cascades of vicious cycles—a set-up for Frustration Grit Status Quo living on a “treadmill”–going nowhere, fast!
So, what can the Frustrated do? Step I: carefully assess where one is in the “here and now” and decide if that is “good enough”. Type III Grit struggling Black Americans are in the Status Quo which McPherson (“Blacks in America,” p188, 396) defines as: “slum housing, underemployment or unemployment, large numbers of single working mothers, inferior education, lack of police protection, police brutality, grossly inadequate sanitation services, high incidences of crime and delinquency, exceptionally high disease and infant mortality rates, isolation from mainstream American life, a "Grand Canyon" sized gap in riches, chronic outrage, chronic prostitution, vice, and anything destructive to human existence.” One of its involved groups accepts having no Personal Power to take charge and control of their lives. They show Frustration Grit by: “Making Do”—i.e. barely getting by–in order to remain “forever” in the status quo; being settled into a lifestyle where there is no need to fashion hope for attaining a thriving life; and where self-improvement is disrespected because of having no concept of how to make the time, energy, effort, research, and plans to figure out–then apply ‘workable’ solutions—and with what?. Group Two’s “big talkers” express all sorts of opinions about status quo problems—about doing this/that to change it, but taking no further action. Group Three engage in constant changes of involved Status Quo ingredients and yet stay in the same place. They have had no model to show them the sound thinking required to see beyond the ‘here and now.’
Features of these three are Paradoxical Mindsets and Paradoxical Habits—based upon (among others) Selfhood Splintering. One part of ones Selfhood becomes Self-Absorbed (viewing everything within ones world in relationship to oneself); the other follows dictates of External World influences. Both “Fake Realities” generate Distortions and Fantasies which make for Conflict and Frustration. In turn, these bring defensiveness + Clinging/Clutching to whatever is available—as is crystallized in the old song: “If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all—and that’s why I like bad luck.” Clutching/Cleaving/Clinging to anything—as does a drowning person grabbing at straws to be “saved”–necessarily fashions flawed, irrational, and illogical mental activities. This prevents them from seeing that their way is “Family Destructive.” But, Group Four really want to “Be Somebody” and they are the ones I work for daily. Yet, they are unaware of my time, energy, efforts, and research to figure out workable solutions for them and I struggle in how to make my products available to them. I am all for helping the struggling, but less so with those who are proud of it. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com