In African Tradition, the setting for a “Good Life” is “ME/WE” with Individuality within the “WE-ness so as to make for Continuity (i.e. unity within diversity). Its Type I Togetherness consist of: “Being With” + “Doing For” + “Doing Together” + “Having Fun”. Checkered throughout is each member engaging in Type II Constructive Spiritual Selfishness—i.e. taking time to enjoy Doing Things Alone + Do things “My Way” + Be Self-Reliant + Be Silly. Both aspects ensure embracing the First Law of Nature’s Survival, Self-Protection, and Self-Preservation. Skills for knowing how to defend oneself + Discover and Develop ones Talent to ones ultimate capability are perfected. The aim is that ones Talent products be beneficial to the “ME/WE” and beautiful like nothing else—no matter what the cost–no matter how difficult—no matter how long it takes. The purpose of ones Talent is to serve as the bridge to, and context for, ones Mission in life. Vital to “ME/WE” is to have Thoughtfulness for oneself and Consideration of others. An example is to Prepare to handle alone the worst times that will periodically occur in ones life. A dominating thought of my boyhood was to do whatever it took for me be able to take care of myself in old age and especially if I became disabled. This meant not having to rely on friends or relatives because they may not be around; or they be having more trouble than me. Otherwise, to put them in the position to need to take care of me might mean that burden would be too much for them. But sadly, an increasingly dominating attitude of people today is to disregard even helping or being connected with their parents. The way Ancient Africans inferred how “ME/WE” originated was from each of all Cosmic Creatures receiving a Spark of the Flame of the Cosmic Force while in a primordial state–a state residing in the Subjective Plane of existence–a state before a Creature (e.g. a “human-to-be”) receives Matter—a state where all Cosmic Creatures are Spiritually connected and with none being superior/inferior, in front/in back—a state of “Non-Self.”
A “Non-Self” is simply a human’s Spirit Entity devoid of Matter. A crude analogy for a “Non-Self” is the many-legged small worm-like animals known as Centipedes (100-legged/footed) and Millipedes (1000-legged/footed). Their bodies are divided into many sections, called segments, arranged one behind another. When they eat or breathe, all parts of their bodies, legs, and feet are nourished, similar to “ME/WE” in-puts. The young possess a small number of legs and body segments—some segments being legless. New segments with legs are added by the hind segment dividing into two; then the rear one of the two divides again, and so on until there are the adult number of segments—a mode of development termed Anamorphic. Put another way, in non-self-survival situations, one is a “Non-Self” when what all one thinks, feels, expresses, acts, and reacts to are done with consideration of other non-evil people’s benefits or protection. The situations in which this happens and their frequency depend upon how much of a priority one gives to being a “People Person” or a “Mission Person” (like me). “People Persons” dedicate the bulk of their time, energy, effort, and study to having good relationships with and behaviors towards other people. In concentrated form, such Type I “ME/WE” relations are best illustrated to me in Black Barber Shops. It is about being “Safe” in a tension-free atmosphere which features guys razzing each other so that everybody is laughing; doing some gossiping, mentioning who died, “stuff about the kids,” the neighborhood, and women. There was always appropriate soothing or concern taken to not hurt anybody’s feelings. I never heard any hatred or rage/anger type things. This “ME/WE” UNITY is expressed as: “Because We are, therefore I am.” After retiring my comb a few years back, I lost out on this “vacation” from being a “Mission Person”.
Spiritual “ME/WE” is: (1) always operating out of a Spiritual Elements’ flow of Unconditional Love, Truth, Reality, and the Natural so as to do pin-point “Lifting of the ‘WE’”; (2) Giving/Receiving from sharing the same Spiritual Space; (3) know appropriate self-help Intent as success; (4) gift doings are never made into “one-size-fits-all” since Individuality in people and uniqueness in their situations prevent such “rubber-stamp” patterns; and (5) mereMaterial Values (e.g. riches, status, power over people) have no place. No philosophical Teaching is done until one realizes that all of ones Supernatural “Scam/ Sham” concepts/ways must be replaced with African Tradition Knowledge/practices. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com