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"Big Pictures" for Critical Thinking

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The "bird's eye view" of an eagle flying over a farm enables her to spot what she wants before swooping down to get it. Whether from an Organic Organism (African) or Mechanical (European) perspective, humans fashion a similar panoramic view, as in the "Big Picture" of Life, of the Cosmos, of God's creatures and creations, of pleasure, of humans' problems, of the "landscape," and/or of ones Selfhood.

Historically, the reason "The Eye" became Ancient Egyptians' most distinctive symbol of Spirituality is its ability to perceive the light. "The Eye" arose from the Lady of Flame, the local sun goddess Wadjet (green one). This, according to Ancient African Bible messages in the Pyramid Texts, is what gave rise to the Horian Eye (“Eye of Providence”; Eye of Asar; “Eye of Horus”; Third Eye; “Divine Eye”; Eye of Heru). For Ancient African Prophets, given that the sun is the source of light and that "Light" is coming from God’s mind and divine intelligence, it represents the Spiritual Elements and their contents (e.g. Universal Energy). To realize, by "Knowing Thyself," that God is the "Big Picture" of Love and Life, the Black Egyptian Tehuti (called by the Greeks Hermes Trismegistus meaning Thrice Greatest Master of all Sages) said one gains insight into how to be in complete harmony and in tune with the universe. He added that the Creator—the “Great Master Builder of All Worlds”--has created and continues to direct the Universe. Ancient African Sages mystical connections with "The Great Mind" provided the divine knowledge to “See” the laws of Nature; to "Know" there are no separate organisms; to realize their "Sight" transcended time and space; and to possess the wisdom to penetrate all Cosmic Secrets. Thus, “The Eye” symbolizes divine consciousness embodied in a perfected (Enlightened) human (Ashby, African Origins, p. 408) who is thereafter immortal (Bynam, African Unconscious, p. 140, 290), inseparable from Nature and the environment, and its proper utilization is a Spiritual or Sublime act.

Such a rebirth into a “new order of the world” through innumerable “points of light” is carried as a decoration in all modern Masonic lodges and has the same meaning (James, Stolen Legacy p90). It is also symbolized on the back of a USA dollar bill by the all-seeing eye of God positioned at the top of a Kemetic (Egyptian) pyramid. The upper black capstone containing the Eye of Horus is separated to indicate that it takes a liberated, luminous spirit to see in all directions as a Visionary. The lower pyramid base represents the material human body whose aspects flow upward into its Holy Spirit source. This and other symbols on the dollar bill and the Great Seal of the USA are clearly of African lineage (Campbell, Inner Reaches of Outer Space, p. 97).

An assessment starting point for ones mode of thinking is to identify the source of ones philosophy of life (POL) because this is the anchor on which ones various Standards are chosen. To choose between the POLs of African and European traditions is to live in unblending (e.g. oil and water) and vastly different ways. African Traditions' "Big Picture" path is God's Spiritual Elements as the totality of Life and Living and in which ones life is to manifest. By giving rise to Nature means that Nature follows Itself, the way It is. That Nature is the model for all other natures in the Cosmos and thereby imparts an unchanging Certainty Base/Foundation in any of ones various structures concerning Values and Attitudes towards the world. Thus, to know the nature of one thing is to know the nature of all Cosmic things. The nature in oneself, consisting of Spiritual Elements, has consistency and unlimited potential. By contrast, Europeans' "Big Picture" (Latin, pictura, “the art of painting, a painting”) concerns a sample of a broad, overall view/perspective of an issue/problem--the major, main, or important part of something. Their focus on the Objective (Tangible) realms necessarily deals with the Changeable and thus what appeals to the senses/passions (biggest, best). Hence, their typical “I” (Individualism) society nature features are: looking for differences in people, individuality, uniqueness, being competitive, advocating individual rights, separateness and independence, survival of the fittest, and control over Nature (Nobles in Jones, Black Psychology p103). Out of ones chosen POL comes how one thinks, feels, expresses, and acts/reacts which, of course, are at the basis of ones success or failure in life's "Big Picture."

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