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More on Complementary from Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti

 

"Along with the depth of our spiritual connectedness, Afrikans are the most family/child-centered people on the planet. We place nothing above our children, except that which will bring them into existence and allow us to rear them in the way of our Ancestors. This does not happen without complementary coupling and commitment. Generally speaking, the two most important variables in this effort to produce and rear warriors are national sovereignty and family. However, families cannot exist as whole, sane, progressive, empowered forces capable of maintaining a sovereign reality without the complementary coming together of men and women. And, to have the possibility of success, these individuals must have committed themselves to each other as lifelong couples sworn to build children powerful enough to sustain their society. If we are truly nationbuilders, we have to honestly ask ourselves what is the best model of who we want to be that we can/should pass on to our children? But, not really, because we already know the answer. Nationbuilding begins and ends with complementarity. It can only sustain itself and create a viable future through the balanced pairing of women and men into married couples whose priority is family/children first. To do what is right for the children is to build a whole future. In this respect, those who are setting the revolutionary standard need to ask themselves if their priorities are truly being set in accord with the will of our Ancestors."

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COMPLEMENTARITY 

                                                                                    By Mwalimu K. Baruti 

 

“The couple is the bedrock of the nation. Without it there is no family, no people. Without couples there can be no family to procreate and rear confidant, untroubled, anchored children. No viable, community-respecting generation can be born to continue the process of life, living, building and defending.

Afrikan couples must be whole, individually and as one. They must be able to trust each other implicitly. And that is what makes it imperative that we carefully choose our mates for Afrikan reasons.  We must choose with vision; for we are the vanguard.

Our unions have purpose for greater than the wants or needs of either member individually or the couple together. We do not bemoan this privilege. In fact, it is just the opposite. We are soldiers in love with forming beautiful families; rearing happy thinking children; building strong, lasting communities; raising a mighty nation and removing all enemies.

Each individual, created as male or female before birth, comes uniquely equipped with, or otherwise has the potential to fully realize, gender specific skills and qualities. Our innately individual, sex specific talents make males and females natural matches.

Each, male and female, is allocated his and her share of strengths and challenges that, combined, allow for a creative and productive life on Earth. Each is able to compensate for each other’s deficiencies through their Creator-given, complementary expertise.

In this context, there is a distinct difference between surviving and living. Survival is to exist. In the Afrikan tradition, to be an adult without a complement is to survive.  To be coupled with one’s complement is to live.  Living is to exist and thrive at full capacity. And full capacity is a community-based definition. Everything has been created with its complement so that each individual can create.”

 

 Ma’at Speaks in a progressive spirit, to a procreative, cooperative movement. And, as a core principle of Ma’at, complementary speaks to two differently qualified, yet intimately interacting beings, forces or things diligently and continuously working toward a healthy, wholistic balance. In the drive to maintain equilibrium between two beings, forces or things that must work together if either expects to survive and reach its full potential in the community of their universe. Talents and different powers must be cooperatively tied to a joint mission/vision in order to achieve complementarity…

Nature brings about complementary relationships (male/female attraction). Any other intimate, human arrangement, however, "scientifically" defined, formed by any other than a natural (heterosexual) pairing is the product of a congenital or acquired biochemical imbalance or socialized god-vying psychosis, or both feeding each other. Regardless of cause, in this case, the result is an unnaturally created mutation in human relations.

Each individual, created as male or female before birth, comes uniquely equipped with, or otherwise has the potential to fully realize, gender specific skills and qualities. Our innately individual, sex specific talents make males and females natural matches. Again, all else, all other contrived matches of adults (or adults with children and/or animals in th European context), ar unnatural and, therefore, artificial and forced, whether consciously or not.

Each, male and female, is allocated his and her share of strengths and challenges that, combined, allow for a  creative and productive life on Earth. Each is able to correct/compensate for each other’s deficiencies through their Creator-given, complementary expertise. The male/female union is a cooperative relationship because not one comes with expertise in all necessary areas. Even though a male or female can individually survive without procreating), we are unable to reach our full capacity as human beings without partnering with the other sex. No single head can contain all wisdom.”

In this context, there is a distinct difference between surviving and living. Survival is to exist. In the Afrikan tradition, to be an adult without a complement is to survive.  To be coupled with one’s complement is to live.  Living is to exist and thrive at full capacity. And full capacity is a community-based definition.

…Everything has been created with its complement so that each individually can create perfection together…

Source: Baruti, Mwalimu K. COMPLEMENTARITY: Thoughts for Afrikan Warrior Couples. Akoben House, GA. 2004. Back Cover of Book, P. 1-5.

ARF EDITORAL COMMENTS:

Most of us will have heard it said that  if you do not love yourself you cannot love anyone else. The essence of which is that all love begins with the self and that if you do not love yourself it becomes nearly impossible to love another.

What is love?

Love is a divine energy which creates good feelings within, some say from the  heart,  that generates such positive emotions as joy, happiness, peace and contentment. So when you love yourself you must like yourself the way that you are and feel good about yourself, being happy within yourself realizing that you are a divine being having a physical experience that is continually evolving you toward perfection.

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