Rare Gems From the Dawn of History: Ancient African Wisdom for Genuine Joy of Living

2011-12-16 22:29

Truth is stranger than fiction. We historians we say true real history is stranger than accepted established made up stories that ultimately becomes tradition and culture. In most cases people’s existence, believes, traditions and culture are just based on made up stories than real solid facts of life. Africa is called the dark continent for some cavalier condescending reasons. Some of those reasons is that Africa has no history or its history is just mambo jumbo. It is an idea designed and calculated to make you inferior if you are an African. If African history is mambo jumbo then you are also mambo jumbo. But fortunately real solid facts of history exposes the people making those cavalier condescending ideas.

Probably more than half of the human race know about the Nile River in Egypt. It is well known because of Moses the great prophet who is the predominant figure in the Bible.

The source of the Nile River is at the heart of Africa - the Great Lakes region of central Africa, Zambia, Malawi and other territories. With the most distant source in southern Rwanda and flows north from there through Tanzania, Uganda and Southern Sudan, the other tributary has its source at Lake Tana in Ethiopia flowing into Sudan from the southeast then into Egypt. This is predominantly East Africa where of recent some scientists have made startling discoveries about the fact that humans originated in this area.

For the ancient Africans land along these rivers and great lakes was destiny. The Congo River - the deepest river in the world - and the Nile River made life possible. They also provided the basis of social life through cooperative farming.

The rivers frequently overflowed their banks and turned the surrounding areas as marshlands and water locked. So ancient African farming activities was largely about flood control and irrigation: first you need to drain the land from water but you have to keep the land watered by creating furrows. If you did that you had a relatively tremendously rich soil which could bear regular crops not just once but several times a year.

So the natural land promised a lot and richer stable living but it also required that people work together in solid unwavering cooperation digging furrows and so on producing crops. The land was also good for grazing cattle, goats, sheep, and for raising fowls, etc.; and there was plenty of fish from rivers.

And so development and civilization was shaped by people’s relationship with natural land and the rivers and lakes in a number of ways.  Farming required cooperative activities that emphasised dignity of the human life and freedom, oneness of man and the common historical destiny of mankind.

But above the daily living and farming activities along the rivers there stands even more superior powerful force: the sun. The sun that was so hot and could burn fiercely that it appeared Divine. The sun was the source of life, as it always has been and as it is now.

The sun was revealing to the people that a single supreme power rules the world. That was the basis of peace of flowing with the Divine will. Being in a world that is created and guided by an divine intelligence, there were no accidence or luck or chance There was no workplace stress nor domestic stress, no panic, no frenzy, no anxiety but peace, stillness and surrendering to the Divine will.

Modern thinking, that is western thinking, generally approaches life with a pit-bull kind of determination. Propelling yourself to succeed at all costs by never giving up on the goals you have set yourself. In this view of life, an attitude that combines hard work with an indefatigable drive toward excellence is the way of life that is commonly taught and aspired to. It is hard to imagine in this context how you can be sensitive or respect or have considerations to another human being - the next fellow - when your mind is on fire to achieve individual needs for the satisfaction and pleasuring of yourself.

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