A “Poverty” Maafa (immeasurable life catastrophe) makes for Selfhood Splintering–meaning one part of ones Selfhood becomes Self-Absorbed (viewing everything within ones world in relationship to oneself); the other follows addictions to External World influences–seeking the "5Ss"–safety, security, self-confidence, strength, and stability in all the wrong places. By such mindsets operating inside a "bottomless" pit + no guidance to a way out, prevents formulating any solutions to rise out of the Status Quo + doing nothing but talk of changing all the problems, while lacking courage to take action. Metaphorically, forces of ones various forms of poverty set off cascades that attack ones Selfhood like a series of hard pounding waterfalls spreading out over steep rocks—forces disrupting Spiritual, Mental, Physical networks—net-works producing out-puts serving as in-puts for the next component series in each network. Resultant Consequences start by each destroyed Selfhood aspect within ones mind instantly competing with all others for the spotlight of domination to signify being the most devastating. The Result is struggling Black People experience every conceivable type of Poverty.
Step I out of this is to understand that ones Selfhood is Splintered and needs re-ordering back into a unified and harmonized state of Selfhood Greatness. In spite of how bad ones poverty is, or how bad are ones problems, or the number of people "who have done me wrong," or the bad environment in which one lives, how one thinks about it is the "Seed" underlying ones Earthly Fate. To detect how one thinks and relate that to how ones life is going can be explored by following every chaotic part of ones life back to it origin and discovering why there is disorder. Chances are it is from violating some aspects of the Spiritual Elements. Step II is to accept the obvious cause of the “Big Picture” of Poverty and vow to switch out of it. Today’s Educational System, in all society life, is geared to maintain Ignorance and Poverty by generating Delusions—i.e. believing what is not real and not believing what is real. To scrutinize all of ones Unexamined Assumptions that power ones lifestyle will show none of it is Truth, one has never been taught the Truth, and one will never know the Truth if one does not make room in ones life for the time, energy, and effort to discover and verify those Truths.
Step III is to internalize African Tradition’s Philosophy of Life—e.g. one is on Earth to Thrive– with a sense of well-being–by means of the “ME” climbing–while lifting up the “WE”. Not to do so—not to Stop clinging to everything one believes in—and not to stop clutching to expectations of what any human can and will provide to oneself are the greatest poverties. Instead, bring order into ones life by taking charge and control of oneself, of ones behaviors, and of each situation. This requires letting go 50% of what is presently done in life and replace it with discovering, developing, and finding the right niche for ones Talent in order for it to be applied to ones Mission in life. Start Self-Improvement each day with multiple small successes, like spending 30 second every morning to enjoy Nature and ones good points. Become an Expert in something others do not know so as to build a platform of self-confidence that leaves a trail of successes on which one can look back on with pride and look forward to with an eagerness to handle increasingly difficult problems. Resolve never to turn away, through cowardice, from problems needing to be handled–for going through that struggle is a whetstone for sharpening ones mental skills as well as deepening ones ability to discern significant challenges. This is the path to awaken into a new life of unrealized realities that have here-to-fore been unnoticed.
Step IV: Not everyone needs to go to college, if one is not ready. There are plenty of trade schools, apprenticeships, and alternative education experiences available. Pay whatever it takes to obtain a superior education (i.e. developing your talents and skills) related to your career, for this breaks the vicious cycle of poverty and is the way to rise above poverty. Step V: Nothing builds the strength of ones Self-Esteem better than knowing how to do Rational, Creative, Critical, and Common Sense Thinking. Each requires Courage, Keeping your Word, and Mental Toughness—all manifestations of and contributors to Self-Love. Step VI:Caution is smart but it has its time and place. Like turtles who never get anywhere until they stick their heads out, no progress out of the status quo comes without taking risks. One has to “go out on a limb” if one wants to get the best fruit. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills