Ready for this? You, the melanated man or woman reading this right now have the potential to be the most powerful human in the entire universe.
Here’s why. We have access to the knowledge, lessons, history, philosophy, and mistakes of every leader that came before us. Our ancestors did not have that privilege, they did not have the internet. In our current age we have a much greater capacity to accumulate massive amounts of information in real time.
If the great ones before us had to journey and travel great lengths to learn and build their foundation of knowledge, we have an advantage they didn’t have. For the most part, we can dig in our pockets, pull out our phones and learn anything we want, instantly. This does not void ancient knowledge, but rather restores it through our fluid access of information. We can learn what the “masters” before us knew, then add on to that in a relatively short period of time. So this means we have a greater POTENTIAL to be effective. Whether we choose to be effective and USE that potential is another conversation.
The point is, we are in the information age where most of us have access to lifetimes of information. If we were to ACT on the knowledge we COULD be learning then we WOULD be the smartest people that ever walked the earth. The leaders and heroes we adore and cherish used what information and opportunities they did have to the maximum capacity. Applied knowledge is more powerful than stored knowledge. In other words, it’s not always how much you know, but rather how much of that information can you use effectively.
We don’t need “leaders”, if we all knew how to reason and use logic for our own constructive campaigns. We have access to all the information we need to restore what was lost in slavery and modern miseducation. It is critical to understand and appreciate the contributions of our predecessors, they laid the foundation for us today. However, this does not mean we need to worship and follow exactly what they did and how they did it. Just because their methods and strategies were effective in their time period or specific environment doesn’t mean they will work in our current time.
Like Bruce Lee said, “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
If the universe is mental, and the mind is all, and we are all infinitely connected then the ancestors ARE us. By learning about the “leaders” and heroes that came before us we literally absorb their essence of excellence.
Binge watching video documentaries for educational purposes is like that scene in The Matrix where Neo learned Kung Fu from a computer program on a floppy disk.
Of course videos are more popular than books these days, but the same concept can be applied to reading books or any other method of learning. There are more resources than ever for learning ANYTHING about ANYTHING that ever was.
MORE KNOWLEDGE EQUALS MORE POWER.
We have an opportunity to evolve ourselves individually to become greater than all that came before us, some might also look at it as evolving from who we were in the previous lives.