"It's my fate!" is the philosophical coping mechanism I so often heard ex-Slaves say as a boy. I suspect its "Seed" pattern arose from the Ancient African belief that in order to go from ones Lower Self (animal nature) to ones Highest Self (ones divinity nature) required undergoing a Mystical Death, Resurrection (trials and tribulations), and Rebirth. Its counterpart in Nature is a caterpillar entering a cocoon and emerging as a beautiful butterfly. But humans' transformation during their earthly experiences, said African Sages, has two purposes. One is for the sake of fulfilling the Divine Plan. The other, to provide difficulties forcing out the divine powers within ones Selfhood for self-cultivation. However, African American slavery generated special conditions causing detours and leading the Enslaved into subtle misinterpretations and wrong reactions. Huggins (Black Odyssey, p. 49), in speaking about the special conditions of the mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted Enslaved, put their impending doom (ruin) mindset this way: “the surrender of the spirit and the will to numbness was in its own way a choice of death, a retreat of the consciousness into a tomb of insensibility. Only the automatic, physiological reflexes acted on nervous response to keep the biological apparatus functioning.”
For the Enslaved to entertain hope of eventually having a better life or having any comfort in the face of the reality of obvious contrary evidence would have been extremely anxiety producing. If self-help trying failed, their lives might be unbearable. Hence, perhaps for the most extremely afflicted Enslaved to consider any even remote chance of escape represented a needless burden to add to their already over-burdened lives. Its remoteness came from their awareness that no matter what they did or did not do there would be no time in their lives when things would get better--not being nice to Whites; not working hard; not being disabled; not getting old; and not receiving help from their Ancestors or even God. In other words, the most afflicted of the Enslaved had no more fight left and accepted their fate as being inside the realm of doom. Such minds were in a "bottomless pit" with some struggling; some barely holding on; and some who "gave up," flowing where the current took them. Regardless of method, the afflicted Enslaved made peace with doom and perhaps this is what is behind the expression "It's my fate!" Whatever lifestyle they developed around this "It's my fate!" belief, it has been passed down within the family and within the community as a "zombie" type Thinking Pattern. This means the Thought pattern and its displays continue but the reason for it has faded away. Thus the struggling descendants of the afflicted Enslaved are unwittingly locked into a mental vault; and thus into chronic juggling; and thus into the Status Quo for the remainder of their lives.
The interpreted meaning of "God is causing me to go through this hell to purify me for the Afterlife" and then responding by letting needless hardships happen is not in ones best interest. Instead of Black People using "Its my fate !" to justify their passive way of dealing with life, what the African Law of Herukhuti says is: "Know that God neither punishes nor rewards nor protects, that you will have the comfort of controlling these for yourself." What this means to me is there is never a place for not caring about bad happenings in ones life. If that happens, one is overwhelmed with "Fright" and the urge to do "Nothing" and "Make Do"--implying ones "Self" (Divine Consciousness) is separated from ones "Spirit". This is immediately corrected by one switching from being dominated by bad emotional energy over to being powered by Spiritual Energy. The switch is present when one takes charge (self-responsibility for ones own destiny) and control of ones life by doing what it takes to direct ones lifestyle into providing and maintaining the "5Ss" (safety, security, sureness, strength, stability). The power for self-cultivation comes only from within ones Selfhood.
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