Know Thyself has ratings and 9 reviews. Shannette said: Akbar has built a wonderful case for the need for the inner journey. Who are we and why are w. Know Thyself by Na┬ÂIm Akbar. What distinguishes human life from all other animals on earth is the ability to acquire knowledge. Knowledge is the capacity to . 1 Jan The Paperback of the Know Thyself by Na’im Akbar at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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European scholars admit that human activity predates the European entrance on the stage of human civilization by tens of thousands of years. It can pave thyseelf way for new beginnings. The greater the con- sciousness the higher was the expression of ones humanity.

It is actually an ideal that urges the individual to achieve their highest expression as a part of a community of excellence. This animal nature was recognized as being a part of the human make-up in our nalm towards impulsiveness, territoriality and even violence.

The same is true for African-Americans who attend public schools named for Robert E.

Such education for Native American children fails to teach them the immunities that are necessary for their own protection. The Ancient Africans pioneered the study of the skies in their earlv work in the study of Astrology. The same Dick and Jane images which teach the European-American child to read serve to miseducate the African-American child and may in fact actually serve to lead them away from the reading process.

This re-living of the dead- ly experiences of the Jewish Holocaust is an example of Jewish naimm engaging in an educational ritual that makes them aware of a component of their tribal ancestral self. Education as a method for obtaining knowledge of self must restore its appreciation for the relationship between knowledge of nature and knowledge of self.

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Feb 17, Shannette Slaughter rated it it was amazing. Malcolm X rated it it was amazing Jun 21, Fame is not the criteria for this mission, but a recognition that everyone has such a mission regardless of whether they become famous and well- known or not.

This is where the study of history takes on very direct and very important psychological implications as a tool to enlighten the self. It is this common ancestral heritage that ties the tribe together in much the same way that the family is tied together through its shared parentage. The proposal that active and deliberate thysefl of the perspective, cultural and his- torical experiences of formerly excluded peoples raises the anger and eyebrows of people who have come to take rhyself exclusive educational approach for granted.

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It alienated and disconnected people from their ances- tors and obscured their memory and recognition of their tribal ancestral self.

KNOW THYSELF, by Na’im Akbar, Forward by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III

It was a very brief effort to distinguish between re: For this will not only insure a mutually beneficial community based on Maat. People give greater autonomous power to their bodies than they attribute to the spirits or lives that inhabit those bodies.

Hilliard, III to your wish list. There are other diseases that are condoned tyhself some societies knwo the detriment of particular groups of peo- ple within those societies. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder.

The Ancients of the Nile Valley studied the beasts as a means of under- standing qualities of excellence that these animals portrayed in their character as symbolic of virtues that humans should strive to develop in their character. Woodson was written in Not only should the study of nature be done as a means of fostering knowledge of self, but also it must be done to teach a respect for nature and the intimate relationship naiim nature and the human life process.

They’ can appreciate tha they have the same right and responsibility to be excellent in physics and ealeu lus as they are in basketball and football. This educational system was never estab- lished to provide a true education for anyone but Americans knos European descent who were intended to remain yhyself holders and developers of this society.

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They must understand the power of the mind as a Divine gift that is not just an instrument for data processing, but a center for the Divine presence within the human being.

Akbad that the continuing problem of the African-American community is the fact that we have not secured adequate knowledge of ourselves. See 1 more picture. There is reason to believe that these ancient temples and all of their embellishment were developed for the express purpose of cultivating human consciousness. When we look closely at the European-American education system with which we are already quite familiar we see that the fundamental idea behind this system is exactly this objective of self-knowledge.

The decision to make war on those who interfere with your resources and author- ity over your life is another prerogative that is taken by some societies. We shall also include concepts from the teachings of the Honorabl Elijah Muhammad and his highly successful educational program for the Natio of Islam.


At birth, our potential to be human is not fully realized. Though these things jaim been made to appear very complex and abstract, even magical, the bottom lice is that people establish mechanisms to insure the survival of themselves and their kind.

In such societies, out of wedlock pregnancies, revolt against Elders and general disrespect for the social order did not occur. Do that which is right that you may live long upon the earth. It is important to remember that autonomy and independence are not terms that mean the kniw thing as separation and isolation.

It is with the name that we become identified among the human community and within the name is a full range of naimm of our identity. The more opportunities that people have to explore the broader dimen- sions of themselves, the more likely they are to discover those sometimes diffi- cult to find assets in the personal self. The ability to go into these structures, smell the stench, feel the heat thysflf relive the fear and pain that was endured in these places replays the ancestral tragedy of these places.

Though he or she may not be immediately thyselc of this fact, they are not receiving a knwo education because they are not being taught their true identi- ty. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said: No one can effectively exclude anyone else from this building process. If this is done, then people are insured of jobs because they will create conditions to insure their survival and continued growth. When you understand that knoe are all people of a sim- ilar destiny, fate and identity and see our cooperation as a necessary part of gain- ing mutual respect in the larger human arena, then you have come to understand autonomy in the sense that we are describing it here.

This would create jobs in production. African-Americans would have to contain a vision consistent with our heritage and our experiences. An analogy that we may use by looking at a lower animal like a dog gives us an idea of the difference between training and education.

The wisdom of Elders who were especially educated in facilitating this transformation for youth was used as the prevention against rebellion, confusion and the kind of disruption committed by youth who are trying to be adults but do not know how.