being human quote

“The gods, then, says [Wole] Soyinka [Myth, Literature and the African World], were made by human beings. And he quotes from the Yoruba instructions (proverbs) to support the statement… The quotation has echoes in other African languages. Here again what we have is not a linear, unidirectional relationship, but a reversible cycle.”

“Human beings make gods; the gods reciprocate by helping beings become more human. This may sound mystifying, but only to readers who forget Soyinka’s explanation of the African attitude to gods and spirits. According to this explanation, the gods are ideas and ideals [in its absolute perfection] clothed in mythic form. That there are persons ready to take the mythic forms for fact is only natural, just as the existence of persons who see through myths and know that at the origin of every myth lies human ideation [To conceive mental images].The African universe of thought is inclusive; it contains the believer, the agnostic, and the atheist.”

“This ought under normal circumstances to be a truism, but the point Soyinka makes so forcefully is that in the anti-African intellectual universe created by Europe in its time of dominance, it is not. The Western, European world propagates its own cultural and intellectual reference points. The Arabic world pushes its own worldview. The Chinese and the Japanese have their own gods and myths—their own ideas and ideals around which they organize their world. But in the still colonized world that is intellectual Africa today, colonized minds have not only remained ignorant of the best cultural reference points created by the African people throughout the millennia; they have grown actively hostile to the very idea of recognizing, studying, possessing and developing those cultural assets

Ayi Kwei Armah
“Remembering the Dismembered Continent” Page 70

Consider this: You can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you.” The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photo-receptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it.
—  NASA Lunar Science Institute, 2012

“Happiness is for stupid, ignorant people.” She huffed quietly. “Educated people feel happiness too, I’m sure.” Clarke grinned, looking at the giggling couple infront of the swing set.

“I never said uneducated, do not mistake education for intelligence.

Intelligence is knowing you cannot know everything. Education is believing you can know everything.

Besides happiness is contentness, and intellectuals are never content.

Intelligent people never dull their feelings down to just one anyways. They feel blissful, exhilarated, joyful, uncontainable, infinite. Intelligent people feel infinite.”

—  An excerpt from a book I hope to write.