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Are You An Emotional Nimrod?

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I’m often amazed at the responses I get when I tell people that they don’t have to worry. That sentiment is typically met with “That’s ridiculous!” or “Impossible!” If I told you that you could eat ice cream all day and not get fat however, your response would be “How?” So how come when an opportunity is presented to eliminate stress from your existence, that notion is not met with the same “How?” When I follow up with “Do you know what the practice of not worrying looks like? Have you ever even tried?” Although the answer is most often “No”, the resistance to make any strides toward emotional growth remains intact. Maybe the real question should be “Do you secretly enjoy stunting your emotional growth because it adds drama and excitement to your life?”

“Do you secretly enjoy stunting your emotional growth because it adds drama and excitement to your life?”

No one ever tries to get an emotional education. We all just assume we came with emotional presets that can’t be controlled or harnessed so we don’t do any work toward cultivating them. This is why people of the highest intellect and confirmed idiots alike easily and often make the same decisions. This is why we engage idiots in discourse when we know it’s a waste of time. There an old saying (and rap lyric) that states “Don’t argue with fools because you can’t tell who’s who.” Do you know why the intellect even engaged with the fool in the first place? It is because although one possesses a higher intellect, emotionally they are both toddlers playing in the same sandbox.

Now that you’ve amassed your degrees and life experiences, maybe it’s time to embark on a new journey to seek a higher understanding. Not of the world around you but of the world inside your head and the council of emotions that govern your decision making. Maybe it’s time to vote that council out and appoint some new emotional leadership.

Fear (your emotional President) has convinced you that in order to protect yourself, you need to be selfish. President Fear is negligent of the fact that acceptance/community is a far greater self-preservation mechanism than rejection/isolationism. President Fear wants you to embrace the million of times you were disappointed but disregard the billions of times things actually worked out in your favor. But if you know this, why then is it so difficult to impeach President Fear? Well I’m glad you asked.

Part of the reason you can’t impeach the president (yet) is because he has been governing you for a large portion of your life. If you even consider tossing him out, he will call you names like “hypocrite” for changing your beliefs. He will convince you that things are OK and will be worse if you try alternative approaches. President Fear is a very charismatic and persuasive guy after all.

You have to find the courage to impeach President Fear and, quite frankly, grow up! Just as you borrow on countless of examples to embrace him, there are waaaaaaaaaaaay more examples of hope to toss him out on his keester.

You cannot grow if you can’t disagree with yourself so conflict and change should not be perceived as conflict nor hypocrisy. That’s President Fear talking again. “Conflict”, both internal and external are simply growth opportunities, both emotionally and intellectually. Do not let President Fear render you emotionally dysfunctional by only taking on the intellectual challenges. It’s what he wants you to believe so he can remain in power. Fight the power!!

Sidebar: How do you learn to fly if you don’t believe you can? Sidebar Complete.

Sidebar 2: Fear is holding you back from emotional maturity. Sidebar 2 Complete.

Crazed Afrykan is a writer / hip hop producer (Nas / Damien Marely) and aficionado of hip hop culture. For over 30 years, he has gained personal introspective into the motivations, rhymes and reasons for one of the most revered genres in modern music. He is also a smug, smart ass with a perplexing penchant for alliterations. You’ve been warned.

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A Riot of Entitlement

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1. If a foreign government had pulled off what occurred on Capitol Hill last week, that nation would currently be a rubble laden parking lot, bombed into the stone-age.

2. If BLM had pulled off what occurred last week, we would currently be having conversations like “Y’all remember freedom?” and “You ONLY got shot 6 times?!! Sheeeeit. Everybody else got at least 9… yeah we all in the studio recording now…”

3. Why is the foreign policy response more stringent than domestic policy when the threat is much worse due to proximity?

4. Why is the current law enforcement response akin to aiding and abetting simply because the assailants resemble, and in some cases are “law” enforcement? Do bullets not kill when your cousin is the shooter?

5. True privilege is complaining about your rights taken away right AFTER and BECAUSE you used those rights to violate others. Rights were granted by LAW and as such, can be rescinded… by LAW! Why does this even have to be explained?

Sidebar: For future reference, this is how you properly storm the Capitol! With Beyonce and legal votes!! Ahhhh 2012. The good old days! Make Inaugurations Great Again (MIGA Please!!) Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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Reluctant to get the Vaccine?

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Do me a favor, Open your fridge door and tell me if you have any insight into the regulation of those products and how they got there?

Whatever vaccine you decide to take (or not take) will probably be more federally regulated and scrutinized than 90% of the items you currently ingest. You share joints with people, eat food with ingredients you can’t pronounce, order wigs and sweaters from all over the world in the name of fashion, then turn around and loudly protest and profess about a vaccine and science, some thing of which you know little about.

Here’s the fun part; you don’t want to take it but you DEFINITELY want to commingle with those who have taken it as precaution and those who are still susceptible. Why? Because f*ck ‘em that’s why! Must be nice to not care about others while simultaneously requesting they respect your choices.

I would be riding with y’all if you actually had control, but more importantly, CONCERN for all things consumed prior but we seem to lapse our standards when there is a clear and direct benefit to our preexisting lifestyle. Y’all are wild inconsistent!!

Sidebar; Most of us will die of complications from a poor diet, alcohol and cigarettes but I don’t see anyone putting the BBQ sauce down or skipping happy hour. Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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November 16th – Trump Wins!

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Well, it’s official; President Donald Trump wins again!

While former Vice-President Joe Biden received more votes than any candidate ever, including winning the controversial electoral college, incumbent Trump has declared victory on Twitter as recently as this morning when he proclaimed “I WON THE ELECTION!”

And this is great news for the over 70 million of us that voted for Trump. We saw our horse lose the race, saw it confirmed, and yet here we are in the Winner’s Circle… again! There is a God, and thankfully it’s the one I believe in and not one of the weird ones.

Make America great again, AGAIN!

I’m sure I speak for millions of Americans when I say we look forward to four more years of keeping America great. Let’s face it, America was a shithole country four years ago before Trump made it great again. He promised that we’d be sick of all the winning, and he was, as always, right.

I’m praying that we can all look forward to four more years of the same kind of peace, harmony, and fair distribution of wealth we have enjoyed during his first term. Covfefe!!

 

 

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