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Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in About Blackacre, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Motivation, politics, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race, Self Improvement, social welfare, Socio Economics, Think Tank, Uncategorized | 13 comments

The Cancer in our Soul

We may not admit it but we know it. We never discuss it, yet nevertheless feel it. Something has gone horribly wrong. There is a sickness deep inside, a disease of the chi; a malignancy of the soul. It is the leukemia of cruelty, the dearth of class and dignity, an absence of kindness and nobility, a corruption that is most evident in how we treat each other. This evil has not infected us all yet affects us all. There is something very rotten is Denmark and the signs of this cancer are palpable, the symptoms unmistakable.

The most obvious boils are the fratricide, infanticide, patricide and matricide which permeate our community. The black on black crime, the self-destructive behavior, the willful ignorance, negative messaging and intentional aimlessness are so visible, so obvious as to require no further discussion.

Then there are the more subtle signs of soul sickness, symptoms which are often overlooked if not deliberately misdiagnosed. One of the more distressing yet telling indicators of our sarcoma is the fad that will not die, i.e., ‘saggin’.

Walking down the street with one’s draws showing serves no useful purpose. Still, it is a spectacle that continues some 30 to 40 years after its inception in substantial part because ‘saggin’ is neither a fad nor a fashion statement. ‘Saggin’ is a commitment. ‘Saggin’ is a lifestyle. Simply spell the word backwards and the odiousness of the practice becomes all the more clear.

Or ponder the waste of middle-aged men fitfully chasing the rap game, the shame of those who can work but won’t or the damage done by intimate yet destructive relationships. The harm and abuse we routinely inflict on ourselves is nothing short of astounding.

Many would attribute this self-destruction to racism. But while certainly a contributing factor, this diagnosis is far too convenient and much too self-serving. It is the equivalent of a medical quack telling a cancer patient to take two aspirin and call him in the morning. Blaming others even if others are to blame may temporarily make us feel better but provides no lasting cure. It merely hastens our demise by justifying our failure to address the sickness within.

We need no further sociopolitical malpractice. What’s required is a second opinion from those with the wisdom to reveal what we need to know rather than parrot what we wish to hear. What is obliged is someone or something to make us believe in ourselves and our ability to change the world.

This is a perilous and difficult assignment of which we can expect little from the usual suspects. Cushy college positions, six figure TV contracts and millions earned from speeches and book sales have persuaded our most heralded advisors to not make waves. And many of us are uncomfortable with the unvarnished truth. Mention our obvious shortcomings, suggest that we take responsibility for improving our lot and the dogs of retribution shall be unleashed.

But we can and must do better. We are our brother’s keepers whether we like it or not. We are responsible for each other whether we realize it or not. The goal is to move beyond the nasty compromise of mere survival, especially when it comes at the expense of everyone else. The regime is to love and support one another by deed as well as words. The therapy is to be good people even if imperfect ones. And the cure is to stop killing each other; to stop dogging each other out.

It is a prescription Blackacre has written in the past. It is a standard, a message and a banner we shall carry until the day is won.

In conclusion, we have abandoned the wisdom of our ancestors. We are not the stuff of our predecessors. We fail to make the world a better place, have not advanced the cause and our attitudes/conduct is anything but helpful.

We are instead lost at sea, floating on an ocean of self-induced dysfunction. What is happening to and in our community is heartbreaking and it’s largely our fault. Absent an immediate and drastic change of direction, our prognosis is grim.

When it comes to the sickness in our souls, we are the pathogen. It is in our best interest to realize that we are also the cure.

Leo Barron Hicks, Founder and CEO
Blackacre Policy Forum


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  2. Leo, That is a great HAMMER! If we all take turns hitting it, we may get this nail in deep enought that some change may occur. It seems that many of us want the change, want to be a part of the change, but are not willing or know what to do to be change. Our situation reminds me of a quote from a song I heard in my youth; “People still taking about change, but they wont even come in out of the Rain.” The things that we have done so far is obviously not working. So let’s try something else. As stated by Mark Floyd about, let create the changes!
    Patrick Jackson

    • Thank you sir. What struck me most about your comment was the obvious observation. What we have done so far is not working. We cannot be afraid of trying something new.

  3. Leo – thanks for this enlightening article and much needed platform for the masses to explore and experience. As I was reading this blog I was thinking, what is really the cause of this uninterrupted malignancy not only in our communities as you so eloquently stated, but is indirectly permeating the thinking of others and the world as a whole. Why does it affect some and not others etc… Pondering these thoughts, I have come to the conclusion that the cause is “solely” in our thinking. You see, the absolute truth is that there is an inherent law in the earth realm that is behind all that we do and it is stated here; “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”(Proverbs 23:7). Life is an inside job. As within so without. This is a spiritual not religious truth and is at work behind all that we see playing out as wanted and unwanted conditions in our individual lives and our visible world. The external effect or appearance of things are a window into our soul(mind, will, emotions, intellect and imagination) that is directly proportionate to our internal or cause of things that we think about all day long, whether consciously or unconsciously. Scientist and metaphysicians have long since discovered that the subconscious mind is the heart, and it is therefore not the organ itself that thinks. According to the health science and medical community, the subconscious mind controls the heart, respiratory rate, emotions, etc…The subconscious or deeper mind keeps us breathing and our heart beating while we are asleep in which we have no conscious control.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “the law of cause and effect is the laws of laws”. The laws of our mind (thinking)governs what we bring into our individual existence or experiences. Collectively, as a race we have brought about conditions in the earth realm that can only be reversed by collectively changing or transforming our thinking as a whole. This is technically why it is important to vote because it is reflective of the collective mind of the community, locally and nationally. (Although there is a margin of error there). Individually, it is my personal responsibility to start changing myself inside through my thinking (cause) and the effect will take care of itself. Then I can and will teach and empower others to do the same. It is always wise to put your mask on first before you can help someone else. The airline industry got it right. Reiterating the truth that there is a cause to every effect and the cause is our thinking. This arduous process of constructive, positive, and right thinking will produce habitual thoughts that will undoubtedly negate these overlapping and seemingly unchangeable conditions. You build your future thought by thought. As Peter Drucker said in my favorite quote: “The best way to predict the future is to create it”

    Mark Floyd

    • I love the last quote. This is precisely where we as a people should be. We don’t have to rely on anyone else to realize our dreams. We have the power to create our own future.

      And I agree with your comments regarding Proverb 23:7. I have heard it stated as follows. You get what you think.

      Thank you so much for your insightful comments.

    • Nointhg I could say would give you undue credit for this story.

    • Thanks

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