1-Qualification without quantification is a losing situation. Who are you brother? What do you represent? Place a mirror directly in front of your soul and examine any imprefections before society deems you impervious to intellectual stimulation. Know your strengths and, more importantly, your weaknesses. Determine if you are qualified to wear the crown handed down by your ancestors. If, by chance, you are not worthy be the first to make that assessment. Though you were the first to receive blessings in the human race it is not how fast you run but where you place at the conclusion of the race. Define who you are and what you will represent. If you do not the world is waiting to define who you are. Rest assured it will not be a definition based on the quantity of your qualification but the paucity of your lack thereof.
2-Speak as if the world is listening. Do not whisper in secrecy for you are indeed known the world over. Your words are constantly being scrutinized and, for the benefit of a larger society, desensitized. If you are bold enough to speak be prepared to bear the brunt of felonious assaults upon your character. You own NOTHING but the words you utter and the ground you temporarily occupy. So stand strong and shout to the world: I AM A PROUD BLACK MAN and be willing to accept the inevitable consequences such a declarative statement will produce. Quite simply, it is your duty to your heritage.
3-Do not be lauded by the world and loathed by your own. Hypocrisy in the form of self-aggrandizement(act of making oneself more powerful in a ruthless way) is worse than death for you will be forced to live within your hypocritical cocoon forever. If there are frowns on the home front and smiles among those you encounter outside of the home you are not whom you SAY you are. Thus you will be the man a cynical world DETERMINES you to be. Therefore, when the adulation of the public takes a negative turn, you will be left without a home. Without a cause or clue. Lost and adrift in a world alien to your desires and needs as a black man.
4-Do not stop the violence. PREVENT the root of violent behavior. Show the young princes in training the stigmata on your soul. Do not speak above them for their world is a much more ruthless place than your own. They are confused and hurt by lack of mentorship. Lack of opportunity and a wandering passion produces an explosion of sensory perception. How can the young lions know WHO they are if you do not ADMIT what you once were. Show them that survival begins with PREVENTION and not APPREHENSION.
5-You cannot love your mother and curse the mother of your children. Ultimately, it is your CHOICE whom you determine to be with. Quite frankly my brother, if she is a "bitch" then you are a "bitch" for as the old saying goes: birds of a feather, flock together. Appreciate what she has given you in the miracle of your children. Above all understand this my brother. The woman in your life now will define the man you are by WHAT you say. If she hears you constantly disparage whom you were once with she will undoubtedly lose confidence in what she represents to you. Unless of course she is, as you continue to be, a quote-unquote "bitch".
6-Do not desecrate a person's beilefs if you are in the process of losing your "religion". It is not your duty or calling to question another man's attempt at survival. No. The embodiment of a TRUE man of faith is a man who walks with a SACRED DIGNITY AND GRACE. He instinctively KNOWS what he prays for and whom he prays to. Religion is not a sword of Damocles my brother. It is, under only extreme circumstances, to be used as the sword of the righteous. If you are using said sword in any other instance you are committing the ULTIMATE SIN. For, now you have deemed yourself:GOD!
7-Weep once and taste the salt of your tears. Weep twice and examine the root of your fears. Weep thrice and you will be a victim of your fears. As a man it is your RESPONSIBILITY to shed tears. As a black man it is your right. Yet, once the tears dry, you must examine the source of the pain that produced them. The world is not fair in its assessment of the black man but it is downright negligent in its assessment of the BLACK WOMAN. She desries to comfort you in times of pain and shame. She needs to know you are a man with the propensity to cry in times of hurt. Brother, once those tears dry you MUST find the reasons for them falling initially. You must QUALIFY and QUANTIFY those reasons and use the salt from those tears to become THE SALT OF THE EARTH. Lastly brother remember this always. KINGS are crowned by DEGREE and DECREE. By the degree of pain they are willing to endure to be decreed KINGS. Claim your throne BLACK MAN...if..YOU ARE WORTHY.
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