Monday, May 3, 2010

True and Living Earth

Peace Y'all,

You know, it has come to my attention that I am not a "traditional" or "conventional" Earth. Hmmmm.... Who knew?

Why do I say this? Because it's true. And I have noticed that I get a high level of suspicion for other righteous people. And I have always wondered why it is like that. Some friends cleared it up for me this weekend. Notice I said friends and not righteous people.

There are loads of people who have accurate information regarding our culture who aren't necessarily a part of our culture. Living in Georgia for so long I had forgotten that. I'm originally from NJ and I knew about this culture before I added on. Most of my NJ friends don't need the orientation I give GA people when I speak with them. All of them know G's and E's. A few of them were once G's and E's. I found out that my own brother flirted with this nation 20 years ago. These people can offer a unique perspective on this Culture since they are half in, half out, if you can recognize the best part. So here Goes...

I have no children. I know babies are the greatest. But I don't have any. Some would argue that I am not a true Earth without them. I would disagree. I'm not getting into why I don't have children. I have alluded to it in previous blogs. But I am not going to allow that fact keep me from professing and living out my "Earthdom". Just because someone has children does not mean that they are not savages.

A lot of Earth behaviours, I had before I began adding on with this Nation. I swore off meat 10 years ago. I stopped perming my hair around the same time. I stopped wearing pants 5 years ago. I had already read many of T.H.E.M.'s books, along with several conscious books that G's and E's advocate. I was already "conscious" and had been so for a minute. My parents were relatively conscious for being born when they were. My mother was a librarian and brought me any book that I asked her to bring. And when I gave it back to her, I had to demonstrate my comprehension of said books or I'd have to read them again. She would bring me books that she thought I should read with the same rules applied to it. I didn't need this Nation to prompt me to do the Knowledge on myself and original people.

I have a square job. For real. Not a hustle, not off the grid. I am a tax payer with no police record. I have 2 educational degrees. I'm even in a sorority and my parents were/are masons. I'd say I'm a productive member of society. I follow the rules and I vote at every election. All BEFORE I began to add on productively with this Nation.

I make a lot of my own clothes. And I always have. My sewing machine is 26 years old. The clothes I choose to make are not African inspired clothing. They are actually modest versions of everyday clothing. I love Vogue magazine and rely on it for inspiration. Apparently that's un-Earth-like. Folks praise Earths that rock heavy print and Marge Simpson sized headwraps. That's not always me. I like to look good yet ordinary. I tell people who have known me for years that I don't wear pants, at first they seem surprised then they think about it and go. "You sure don't wear pants, do you!" Now am I blending in on purpose? I suppose. I wear the clothes I like, and it just so happens that what I like is Ordinary. So what?

Do I feel like I need to be like the other Earths I come in contact with? Emphatically No! I have worked years to become comfortable with who I am and how I do. I ain't about to let other folks ruin that for me. Especially when I am suspicious about their motivation. This ain't a religion. We don't have to all look alike. But more and more I see that people want us to conform to images and roles that have been traditional in the history of this Nation.

I'm not about to do that!

The issue is this... Why is there only one way to be an Earth? It's the old argument of there is more than one way to be Black. I grow tired of hearing our people say, "Black people don't do that!" What they are really saying is I don't do things that way, nor do I know people who do things that way. Do you know all Black people? I feel like Original people, especially in this country, limit themselves too much. We place ourselves in narrowly prescribed boxes so we can quickly and easily point the finger at folks. Telling them wheter their behavior is right or wrong. That is wrong! Folks get to be themselves and there is nothing wrong with pushing outside the grid.

I'm not a true and living Earth? Show and prove, dammit!



Precise said...


No one can live YOUR math but you. No matter how much anyone tries, they will fail.