Who pushes agenda the hardest?

I am not faint of heart!  I am not to make faint of someone’s heart.  This is a real world with real opposition.  So, I gladly embrace the opposition that may come.

Wonderful people…guess what I am discussing today?! The human ego.  When in balance, it produces great and sensible actions. When out of balance, it produces treachery, fear and falsehood.

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I think I will begin with the women’s ego. Ladies, do not shoot me with a verbal/written/literal AK-47.  Just read and assess. Women fulfill many roles in many societies. They have acted as queens, military strategists, nurses, mothers, sisters, carriers of water, cooks, managers, secretaries, architects, real estate agents, community organizers and many other things.  Women are more than capable beings.  Unfortunately, women globally have been oppressed by imbalanced patriarchy, dominating religion and male chauvinism. Oppression breeds contempt. Now, who wants to be dictated constantly?  I believe it is safe to say no one.

During oppressing times for women, the psyche developed coping mechanisms, selected memory storage, unfavorable impressions of the oppressor(s) and a possible resentment towards others that appear as member of the oppressor/oppressive group.  To any logical mind, this seems to be a fair response. But, let’s look at a couple of things.  In nature, females are mothers. For most, mother equals caring. The polarity of woman’s character is viciousness, cunning, manipulative and hunters.  There are several species of female insects and mammals that are mean! Black Widow spiders kills the male spider after mating. Praying mantis will engage in a courtship. If the female is literally hunger, she will eat the head or leg of her partner after sex. There are human females that purpose to be mean and devious toward human males, as if it is their “womanly duty”.

Another thing to consider is the need for a woman’s egotistical whims to be satisfied constantly. Everyone likes a genuine compliment from time to time.  There seems to be an rapacious need for a woman to receive compliments, genuine or questionable. Additionally, many women have the expectation that a man will fulfill a long list of desires like working consistently to cover financial responsibilities, do indoor/outdoor home chores, spend a great amount of time with her, buy her things on a regular basis, take her out regularly, constantly provide compliments and pretend as if other women don’t exist on planet Earth.  Is this fueled by an imbalanced ego that creates an insatiable “appetite”?

Now, I’ll get to the men. In modern society, the ego seem to be strictly assigned to men.  It is a terrible myth that many men have fallen victim and allowed the usage to be abusive to others.  In this blog post, please note that I do respect the ‘man codes’ and will not divulge all of our secrets. I desire to not be kicked out of the brotherhood.  Haha

Unfortunately, men around the global have not felt a dire need to check one’s ego. In imbalanced male patriarchal, it is a disregarded option.  The effect has been many hurt and disappointed family/community members, rapes, fights, wars, company takeovers, unplanned pregnancies, jail/prison sentences, broken homes, domestic violence, among other things.  These are not good things at all.  Some men wonder why the general public are distrusting of their forthcoming actions. A balanced ego will help to solve the public unease.  It is understood that nature offers several levels of competitiveness. Man competes with the world, so to speak, on a daily basis.  Since one of his main roles in many societies is to be a provider, he must go into the world to hunt for what is necessary.  The competition pool may be small (living in a village, small town) to enormous (living in a large metropolis). This encourages an innate ego boost as a method of survival and personal inspiration.  When a man is deemed as “successful” to family/peers/community members, he may give all credit to self and an ego that boost self-value.  If the man does not have internal and external factors to regulate a healthy ego, then the ego inflates and causes problem.  People will begin to refer to him as “jerk”, “jackass”, “prick”, “asshole”, “bastard”, so on and continued.  Needless to say, those are not good descriptions.

As the title begs an answer…who pushes their agenda the hardest, men or women?  Please leave your responses in the comments below.  Don’t forget to share friends/family/colleagues. Thank you for your time and cooperation.

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Quick Plugs for the History Books

Greetings Great Folks!

In America, February is observed as ‘Black History Month’.  My meditation and works move towards creating a legacy for following generations to glean.  Most of the masters in the Arts were not appreciated, during their time of creativity on planet Earth.  Many times I believe/feel as if I am underappreciated on a larger scale.  I do have a solid, core of supporters/admirers of my creative works.  I am quite grateful for this.

E as Poetlove Water will go down in the ‘Black Ourstory’ books.  For those in the Brooklyn, NY, you will have an opportunity to witness a monumental event before your glory-seeking eyes.  On Saturday, 21 February from 3-5 PM, ‘My Relation to the Sun’ Book Release and Party’ will commence.  Rebekah Frimpong, Brooklyn-based poet/filmmaker/artiste, will be celebrating her 1st published book release.  E as Poetlove Water is one of the featured poets for the evening.  A few pieces from the forthcoming book, The Cells of the Tissue That Should Feel, will be presented.  Additionally, E as Poetlove Water’s original jewelry will be available for admiration/purchase.

The event will be held at Joloff Restaurant, 1168 Bedford Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. For more information, please contact E at me@easpoetlovewater.com.  Hope to see your face and feel your presences!!!

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Moving Forward by Looking Back (The Sankofa Effect)

Art is life. Very necessary to existence of an artiste. Some of us enter this world through the maternal canal knowing the purpose for the Earthly visit. Others take a long while, maybe never realizing the meaning of their life. Fortunately, we possess a soul connected to willpower that provides the push to see things manifest.

There has been a strong correlation between social ills and great artistry. These external difficulties have made for internal genius output.  I wrote a song called “Journey Through the Present” that speaks on the aforementioned subject-matter.  Life is serious.  Life is fun.  Life is poignant.  Life is breezy.

There are two vintage video clips that have changed my life.  First is a live performance of Billie Holiday singing “Strange Fruit”. Her eyes, facial contortions, emotional pauses and soulful delivery equates to true artistic expression.  Second is a live performance of John Coltrane and his band performing “Naima”.  The pianist (McCoy Tyner) and the saxophonist (John Coltrane) performed in an otherworldly space in time.

In addition to this stellar performances, it is always great to hear/read a backstory to an artiste who is considered the master of their craft.  For example, I have always loved skillful and creative vocals.  This is how I KNOW that Jazz Vocalist will be studied in many schools posthumously.  The world is not ready for the gift she possesses.  Many considered the Late Luciano Pavarotti as the best Tenor that ever performed.  Operatic singing is quite difficult and highly technical.  The minimal training I’ve had in Classical Voice helped me to realize the importance of knowing what you are doing without hurting yourself (your vocal chords).  I thought Luciano was very good, until I heard Tenors from the 1920’s-1970’s.  Those guys sang from the bottom of their diaphragms WITHOUT fancy technology.  The Tenor that inspired Pavarotti was the Late Great Jussi Bjorling.  This guy’s phrasing, breath control, voice, range and focus was/is untouchable.  He is the first and only Tenor that I have heard perform “Nessun Dorma” without a slide into the highest belted note of the aria (“….vincero, vincero”).  Take a listen!

I strongly believe there is a fight to prove who you are, no matter the path or expression thereof.  The legendary artistes mentioned in this blog are great in their own rights.  They have persevered many obstacles to reach the point of greatness.  Let us do the same!!!