Antoine Archange Raphael
· The challenge
· Le défi
· Marcel, le jeune esprit positif, livre 3
· Marcel, the young positive mind, book 3
· Les sources de valeurs
· The sources of values
· Food for thought
· Matière à penser
· A stranger's wonderful chronicles, Book 2
· Les merveilleuses chroniques d'un étranger, Livre 2
· About The challenge
· Au sujet de Le défi
· Les sources de valeurs, par Antoine A Raphael
· The sources of values, by Antoine A Raphael
· La signification de la justice dans Vaudou, dans les limites de la loi
· L'harmonie et le contraste, l'atout féminin
· The female element in Harmony and Contrast, the female impact, by Antoine
· The essential role of requited love in Ninny's home, the confrontation
· Le rôle primordial de l'amour partagé dans la maison de Nini, la confronta
· L'âge énigmatique de Marcel, dans Marcel, le jeune esprit positf
· Le mariage
· Autre que je suis
· La belle Jasmine
· Sunset in N'kamba
· Un coucher de soleil à N'kamba
· Un simple geste
· A simple gesture
· A moment of silence
· Une minute de recueillement
· Other than I
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Derrick, the young wise man and his youth club that saves the neighborhood
It's the story of a young man who wants to make a difference in his rotten neighborhood.
Contrary to what many may think, Derrick embodies a normal adolescent.
However, he has an awareness of this stage of his life, that will happen once, and which he means to turn to his advantage.
He no longer has the status of a child. Yet, he rather serves as a bridge between childhood and adulthood.
On the one hand, he still has rights such as a place to live, to eat, to sleep free of charge. His parents go to work to ensure these rights, until age eighteen.
On the other hand, he has some obligation and responsibility. He must show respect for his providers and expand such respect to anyone who reminds him of them, such as an older person, his teachers, and the law enforcers. He is accountable to his parents for his actions; therefore, to avoid their blame and punishment, he must behave according to rules and regulations the family has agreed upon, and to common sense.
He knows that he will please his providers by going to school, showing good grades on his report cards, doing his homework.
He has an awareness of his drives, his hormones, and his brain that keep enticing him to act.
But how will he act? Does he have enough maturity to know exactly what to do?
Later on, he would learn that a scientific school of thought maintain that human maturity usually starts at the age of twenty-five.
At the age of twenty-one. In the meantime, can he allow himself to act foolishly?
On the other hand, he think quite firmly that those youth activities he immediately has in mind, although innocent, harmless, and natural for adolescents and young adults, also stand for open doors to uncontrollable instinctive actions; otherwise, his neighborhood would not experience such rotten state of affairs. Violence, illegal drugs, prostitution, loud music, teenage pregnancy and all their disastrous consequences plagued it.
He starts asking question. What’s the rationale behind smoking? Inhaling smoke and puffing it out doesn’t strike my imagination.
Drinking alcohol and becoming intoxicated could not have any justification to him.
Taking drug and turning stupid describe the remotest type of action to take delight in. As far as he is concerned, going against these fashionable but deleterious suggestions, becoming aware of reality and being a dynamic element in its unfolding, all this stood for a wonderful way of life and a recipe for self-discipline.
I would say that Derrick is an adolescent with a plan and a vision. He intends to take his actual status as a stepping stone to a responsible adulthood.
This vision, he will pass it on his peers via a club aiming at expressing their feelings, their frustration and their hopes. The will face reality, instead of running away from it, by getting involved in all kinds of irresponsible and senseless activities. They will share their skills and the best of ourselves.
Some point in time, I was conscious of myself as being a true person, with imagination, memories, and a will to decide. It's the dynamic normal path followed by the human mind, which, nevertheless, keeps each of us in s state of wonder whenever the moment of awareness occurs. Around the same time I felt uncomfortable to be a blind follower. I had to weigh up suggestions before acting one way or another, which, I convinced myself, was a positive habit to pick up and perserve.
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Derrick, the young wise man
And his youth association that saved the neighborhood
By Antoine Archange Raphael
This story expresses well my concept of creativity. Although it is an endeavor to capture beauty and try to share it with the reader, I don’t want either to depart from my responsibility as a moral agent. Thus, my works (above all, the fictitious ones) are the backdrop for struggle between good and evil. Nevertheless, I strive to ensure the triumph of the former over the latter. I believe I have found a good excuse: evil is so well organized that it doesn’t need one more advocate.
As far as the main character in the story is concerned, namely Derrick, he transcends reality just by being an adolescent and by realizing his responsibility as such.
He discovers early that he is a true person, with imagination, memories and a will to decide. He understands his situation as a teenager under parental guidance. It’s a setting established by nature, by God and society. Indeed, his parents, two “civilized giants” have protected him, instead of squashing him during his early childhood. Later on, they ask him just to go to school, get good grades and do his best to become, one day, a self-reliant adult.
As providers, they discharge their parental duties by putting food on the table, ensuring roof on the head and other basic necessities. Derrick believes that he would be foolish not to take advantage of such situation.
He also thinks that these giants deserve to be loved, respected and emulated. Similarly, he extends his deference and affection to honest neighborhood elders as well to his teachers who are generous enough to pass down their knowledge to him.
In addition, he transcends reality just by not being trendy. He eschews a lot of activities taken for granted by his peers. Of course, some of these activities have nothing wrong with them; they are part of the growing up process. Yet, he is mostly interested in learning, thinking and speaking to older persons who fascinate him with their sagacity.
Quite frankly, he thinks that these youth activities, although apparently innocent, harmless, natural for adolescents and young adults, lead, by the same token, to uncontrollable, instinctive actions; otherwise, the state of affairs wouldn’t be so rotten in his neighborhood plagued by violence, illegal drugs, prostitution, loud music, teenage pregnancy and all the disastrous consequences they entail.
Unhesitatingly, he believes, for example, that taking drug and turning stupid describe the remotest kind of conduct that could attract him.
As for him, going against these fashionable but deleterious suggestions, being conscious of reality and acting as a dynamic element in its unfolding, all this may get him to a wonderful way of life and a recipe for self-discipline.
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I don’t hesitate to recommend its reading not only to teenagers and young adults, but also to parents, educators, social workers and counselors.
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