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In Critical Times, Whom Should You Trust?
By Baruti KMT
Sunday, 31 December 2006 - 12:00 PM


Who is wiser than all of the Buddhas and Sages combined? This question will, to many, seem somewhat troubling given the current state within which we find our society. However, barring an overdose of unreality, the question is quite apropos under the circumstances. The situation: the debate over Creation vs. Evolution.

This debate has been, and probably will be, a bone of contention in the larger society for some time to come. But then again, perhaps it will be debated on a lesser scale since the Pope has given the concept/theory of Evolution his "Holy" sanction.

Last week, in many social circles, and within various media outlets, the differing positions reared their heads, but with a rather interesting twist. On the one hand, there is the Creation side that is staunchly opposed to the theory of Evolution as posited by Charles Darwin; meanwhile, there is the side that teaches Evolution as a plausible alternative to the biblical account of Creation. Ironically, the creationists are now looking at the "other side" as a possible explanation for human existence. The question that must be asked is "why now?"

As we attempt to better know ourselves, and the respective societies within which we find ourselves, we must begin to look within to find answers to some of the more troubling questions. There is an African Proverb that states, "if that which you are searching for cannot be found within yourself, it will never be found outside of yourself." Such an understanding of this concept is essential for the forward movement of the consciousness of humankind.

As we, the purveyors on information, seek to assist in the emerging paradigmatic shift from a selfish existence, to a more selfless one, we must not be disingenuous in our quest for balance. When these debates manifest themselves, we must look at all sides and pay each equal attention accordingly. In doing so, the ability to provide accurate road maps for those who seek to eke out a meaningful existence, by looking within for answers can begin.

What is rather troubling and interesting simultaneously, is the seemingly forgetfulness of many, when it comes to history. (Study Constantine, and the Council of Nicea: 325 B.C.E, and King James' commissioning of "his" version of the Bible: 1604 A.D.E.).

Even earlier, more particularly ancient history, there existed the axiom of the Kamites "...Know Thyself." Such a concept when examined closely, reveals the innate ability of humankind to know itself, thereby allowing for the possibility of trusting one's self. For in many instances, who can really be trusted? If being mis-educated serves the goals of a dominante class, can they really be trusted? After all, who has ever profited from being improperly educated? The answers should be evident.

As we move toward a more trusting existence, self-governing seems more like a reality. In answer to the initial question of, "who is wiser than all of the Buddhas and Sages combined?" the answer is "your self."

Column originally published in Signal (Georgia State University's student newspaper) 28 January 1997



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