This is related to a reasoning I and I had with an elder.
We were reasoning about the observations each of us have made and we were reasoning about the problem of those who give RasTafarI a bad name. (I do not know if this is such a problem in other parts, but it is something I and I see a lot on I island.)
I and I was telling the elder that I and I observe so many walking around with the colours of Ethiopia and the Lion of Judah as if it is some style, yet they know nothing of the spiritual significance of the two of these things. Because these people wear these things as a style, more and more people see these colours and symbol as 'cool' or whatever and more and more wear it, yet know nothing of the Mysics of RasTafarI or HIM Haile Selassie I. I and I have even witnessed photos of people posing at parties with alchohol in hands, posing using the hand symbol of Jah RasTafarI Selassie I, the sign of the Holy Trinity. It is these observances that make I burn more hotta fiyah.
The elder was telling I that people wearing RasTa as some sort of style and the people think RasTa is some watered down thing; but RasTa is no weak heart thing!
I and I tell him that it is true and through the observations I and I make I see people that think RasTa is some watered down thing. It is these people that then give RasTafarI a bad name, because RasTafarI is no weak heart thing in truth. They know nothing of the spirt living livity of RasTafarI.
He then tell I that these people could never sit in the council of the Nyabinghi. Not anyone can chant the chant of Jah RasTafarI with the Nyabinghi because not all can take the heat of absolute impartiality, death to all white and black oppressors. He then sa that RasTafarI is no weak heart thing, because no weak heart can stand before the Most High Selassie I Jah RasTafarI!
I and I am posting this reasoning because I and I feel it is something that affects us, as it is giving people the wrong impression of what RasTafarI is. Some people wear the colours of Ethiopia, yet they do not even know this, or know HIM. Babylon has used what is sacred to RasTafarI as a way of making money. Using the colours of the I Majesty and the symbol of the Lion of Judah to make money. I and I see people who think they can chant Jah RasTafarI and wear the colours of Ethiopia because they smoke herbs.
I and I vaguely remember a Bob Marley interview where he was asked about something negative associated with RasTafarI, and Bob's response was something like 'Those people are not RasTafarI, they give RasTafarI a bad name.' This is not exactly what he said, as I cannot remember exactly, but it is roughly along these lines.
The elder was telling I that there are wolves everywhere, even amongst RasTafarI people.
This is true, as I and I see many wolves, and it is up to us, RasTafarI, to reveal these wolves that hide under the sheeps clothing. We know the wolves becaue spiritual RasTafarI live by the spirit and thus a wolf who does not live by the spirit will be revealed.
Just as the Holy Sacrament is given a bad name because of the way society abuses it and the violence that is associated with it because of the greed. I and I sight that RasTafarI is being given a bad name because of these people who wear things that Identify to RasTafarI, yet they know nothing of the spiritual and Mystical aspects of RasTafarI. Thus some people today do not even see RasTafarI as spiritual, yet RasTafarI livity is the livity most pleasing in the eyes of the creator, Selassie I Jah RasTafarI.
Just as we have to educate people of the other half of the story that has not been told, we have to educate people of the truth which is RasTafarI.