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METAPHYSICAL STYLES OF AFRICAN TRADITION

by Dr. Joseph A. Bailey II, MD., FACS on 22nd-March-2017

Ancient Africans’ Metaphysical Style can be likened to an “Idea-Form” consisting ofharmonious indivisible differences of Spirit and Matter. The “Idea” (the In-seeable Spirit Content) features an Icon Image Essence of the Cosmic Psyche (African for Soul)—i.e. the creative aspects. Outside that content is Matter–the “Form”–the Seeable or Perceptible, composed of Energy and Matter so as to enable the “Idea” to eventually display. For one to obtain the “Idea” requires the difficult art of Observation, emphasizing the “unusual” or the “misfit”. Artful description precisely and accurately records the Form of that observation’s essence in brief, “boiled down,” simple, and plain language. Essentials within the parent “Essence Idea” have: (1) a copy of the Essence’s Character; (2) the Essence’s Characteristics, (3) Traits, and (4) Features. All 4 present as Primary Qualities–accounting for the "what it does" and "how it appears" of the Essence. Yet, these Essentials’ displays depends upon its creator’s Style activities and appearances. Ones Style is almost a copy of what ones mind is like—and that is an aspect of ones nature, itself an attribute of ones Talent. Also, Style is only the frame to hold the contents inside ones self-created skills—like the sash of a window (a sash is the frame in which the window panes are set). Both Style and Talent, intimate and inseparable—are held roughly in ones Unconscious thoughts, emotions, and experiences + in a refined and polished state by ones Imaginative and Artistic faculties in ones Conscious. Both manifest the symbolic expression of ones Character, itself subjected to the action of ones Will. The nature of ones mindset determines the Shapes of Style “Forms”—Shapes that determine the degree of Power ones Style can impose on others, if geared to the audience. Examples: ordinary people like storytelling in a dramatic fashion. Deep, although typically unappreciated thinkers, are capable of being understood if people take the time, energy, and effort. Precision and Accurate thinkers, like me, only want to know the Essence of the “bull’s eye” of the issue—so they can ask for the details needed and get a bull’s eye answer. This came when I, as a physician, was rushing to the operating  room with a “red blanket” patient (i.e. bordering on death)—needing to only know the “Facts” of the how and when “happenings”. 

The Metaphysical “Style” of African Tradition: is manifested as attributes of the Spiritual Elements and thus cannot be reduced to rules;  embraces harmonious indivisible differences; and has effective assertiveness. What is clear, significant, and sensible in Style is a reflection of the illumination in ones own mind. Simple style is like a white light—unobvious complexity—the way great minds think. Clear writers, like clear fountains, do not seem so deep as they are—while the turbid looks more profound. Clarity is greatest in giving the Contents in its Essence’ Essential Sense with Elegance—i.e. excellently Plain and Simple language familiar to Receivers. A hierarchy for composing Content and Style concerns: (1) the weight and worth of the Content; (2) the Spirit, grace, and dignity of the Style’s manner; and (3) skill in conveying observations, test results, and/or experiences by describing the content in such language that whoever observes or experiences similar things will be forced to the same conclusions. Either, and both, are marks of great intelligence. Yet, one must beware of Style acting like deceptive “Fool’s Gold” as well as guard against accuracy and precision that defeats itself by the overemphasis of details. People mistakenly think if one who speaks forcefully is obscure in expressions, then that indicates one is “deep” and “heavy.” Actually, obscurity is a clue to suspect the Ignorant, the Fool, the Stupid, the Con-artist, and the Wicked. They like hearing themselves talk. 

Some say Style is the “impress” (influence) of ones Personality on conveyed contents. Its process is: (1) have something to say using clear and simple ordinary language of the people—for there is a certain majesty in plainness; (2) say extraordinary things in the form of Affect Symbolic Imagery; (3) stop when it has been said; (4) summarize with three vivid points that give what is likened to an inch of thought and feeling, the importance of a mile; and (4) apply it with an accurate and essence title that says “what it is,” “what it does,” or “how it appears”. This urges the Sender to make the aura of the contents to be more than it means and to deliver the product so as to keep re-experiencing the achievements of “Style” as being the Novelty of Art and the Artless–possessing the element of “Play”. jabaileymd.com;JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com

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