Blessed Love Lords and Empress
So mi a wonder say, what is of more importance, what i man say and what the intent behind i words is, OR, what you hear mi say and what you think is the intent behind i words?
Mi a listen to this song ere, by Richie Spice called,Dont call me no dog.
"why yuh haffe see yourself as the worst"
"i know thats not what Macus Garvey stand for"
these are some of the lyrics him say pon the song
and i man just cant help but ask, what is the point,brethren ?
Of course, we know a who him a talk about, the youths mostly in america, and all the youths who love hiphop culture, youths who call each other "dog"
As a Ras, mi know where Richie a come from, and mi nah need anyone call me dog neither.
But to i, it is more important to try to overs what the intent is behind certain words and why people use them words, seen, instead of just dis_miss_ing it just because of what the words mean to i personally
So, Richie a talk about, Dog a litter peoples yards, and them kinda ting there
But why Richie dont try to sight that when the youths call one another "dog", what they are doing is taking the POSITIVE characteristics of a dog....but Richie is too busy pointing out the NEGATIVE characteristics of a dog
Richie dont see that when a youth points to another youth and say, thats my dog, the youth is saying, thats my brethren....the youth a pick up on the positive characteristics, such as the complete and unwavering loyalty of a dog
see what mi a say?
Alright, mi a put it this way, ini as Rastafari identify with the Lion, with the royal majesty of the lion, ini use it as a symbol of ini strength and regal character but
ofcourse, a lion is still an animal, and only a fool would think a lion doesnt have negative(from a human point of view) characteristics
So, what would iman look like if i was to say, dont call mi no lion cos i do not make my little cubs wait until i have my meal first
you see me?
foolish, i think
alright, mi a take it another way
mek i talk about dragons
To most of ini who grow inna this , i guess some would call it, judeochristian world, the word dragon has negative connotations, the dragon, satan the old dragon, a terrible and fierce creature, St Mikael slaying the dragon, all these things
that is the meaning that the word carries to most of ini, and thats fine
But then, i go to the east, far east, and it a totally different story, the dragon has nothing but positive connotations
So much so, that in places like China, dragon, is a common nickname for male children, (as Phoenix is for female children), and it signifys only strength and greatness of character and spirit.
So, if i man go to the local video rental place and i want to rent Bruce Lees Enter the Dragon, what should i man thought process be when i consider the word dragon in the title, should i be thinking about what the word means to i , or what it means to the culture that the movie is dealing with ?