Public Service Announcement: The Reintroduction
Now before I finish, let me just say
I did not come here to show out, did not come here to impress you
Because to tell you the truth when I leave here I’m GONE!
And I don’t care WHAT you think about me – but just remember,
when it hits the fan brother, whether it’s next year, ten years,
twenty years from now, you’ll never be able to say
that these brothers lied to you JACK.
– excerpt from “Public Service Announcement” by Jay-Z
When I first started The Inner Seed back in 2008, my focus and message was simple – spiritual growth and personal development. That’s where my head, heart, and spirit was. So, naturally, the site was a reflection of what I had been reading, thinking, feeling, and experiencing in regards to spirituality. I had been learning so much and was so filled with a spiritual sense of self that I had to share it. The words, thoughts, and ideas were literally overflowing and spilling out of me. I had to write. Thus, the site was created so that I could share the overflow with others.
Since that time, I’ve grown even more in spirit, more as a man, more as a thinker, and more as a writer. A variety of experiences have led me to develop a deeper interest in other subjects and incorporate them into my consciousness and personal reading curriculum…African history, Black sociology and psychology, behavioral psychology, relationships, in addition to spiritual topics. And just as before, I’ve been so focused on those ideas and thoughts that they are now beginning to well up and spill out through my conversations and now my writings.
Up until now, I shied away from discussing social issues here…particularly race and relationships. Not that I didn’t have thoughts on those things or overlooked them, but because I knew that those can sometimes be sensitive topics for people. To say anything that contradicts the ideas that the masses subscribe to is to invite controversy. So I realize that a certain level of backlash is inevitable. But what good am I if I don’t push the envelope of self-discovery and self-awareness for myself and my readers? What good am I if I don’t strive to not only to learn the Truth but also speak it?
Everywhere I turn it seems as though “everybody and their mama” has a book or blog about the do’s and don’ts of relationships. Now I will say that some of it is helpful. But a lot of it is really bad advice…and by bad advice I mean loads of hot illogical, psychobabblical crap. Much of it centers around a “me, me, me” mentality instead of a “we, we, we” philosophy. And unfortunately, a lot people are making a lot of money peddling this foolishness to the love-starved masses who are looking for a quick fix or short cut to getting into relationships or just want to feel good about being single. As a result, a lot of people wind up in relationships that are as crappy as the advice they used to get in them. There is no quick fix or simple one-size-fits-all solution to relationships. It doesn’t have to be difficult, but it’s not always easy. Sure, we can comprehend that…but most of us don’t really “get it”. And we can. We just need to think, throw out what doesn’t work, and be willing to work what does.
Race is another topic I’ve shied away from. When it comes to issues of race, particularly as it relates to the empowerment, advancement, and treatment of the Black race, you’ll find a few sites dedicated to African history and statistics as well as video/podcast rants about the past and current state of affairs. You’ll find that a lot of this material is presented from an emotional standpoint. And I completely understand that. For us, our frustration with our experiences (past and present) can make us quite emotional when discussing it…especially when people aren’t trying to hear or understand you. However, few tend to examine the actual psychology behind many of the issues or try to approach them from a logical standpoint. We can reach logical conclusions. Again, we can do this if we just think, throw out what doesn’t work, and be willing to work what does.
Lately, I’ve been debating (with myself) about the direction of The Inner Seed because while I want to continue to always give you, my readers, information that educates and inspires you, I also want to be true to myself and share more of the Truths, theories and experiences that help me on my personal journey. For as much talk as I do on this site about Truth and speaking Truth, I have held back a great deal of Truth so as to not ruffle any feathers. (The Truth has a way of doing that sometimes doesn’t it? But sometimes it takes a good strong wind to ruffle our feathers enough to get our wings moving.) I didn’t want to piss off my readers or scare anyone away. Didn’t want to deal with debates. Didn’t want to deal with the criticism that typically comes from expressing the Black male perspective on anything, especially race and relationships. But change is never easy and revolution ain’t always pretty. The Truth must be spoken at all costs. I’ve counted the cost and I’m willing to pay what it takes. Not for the sake of controversy, but for my own growth…and yours.
We all have an inner seed. And we must all make every effort to grow that seed so that we can contribute to the world whatever it is that we are here to contribute. I am no different. So, I ask that you keep an open mind as I will be mixing things up a bit and expressing more of myself. This site is MY inner seed. And as I grow, so does the site. Hopefully, you will continue to walk with me and grow with me.
So, with that being said….allow me to reintroduce myself…….
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