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You’re Ahead of Your Time, So STOP TRYING TO TAKE OTHER PEOPLE WITH YOU (an “Old-School Resurrection”)

6 January 2011 3 Comments


A few weeks ago I put up a facebook status saying:

Five real men are greater then five-hundred children disguised in a man’s exterior…

Now we could go in A LOT of directions with this, but for the time, let’s take it to mean that you don’t need numbers behind you to make your movement stronger, and in many cases, having numbers can actually hinder you from making any real movements to begin with…

For instance, let’s say you were driving from New York to Atlanta, and that there were two main routes you could take:

(1) the main, commercial route with all the pit stops, stores and hotels, or
(2) the lesser known, country route with barely any rest areas at all.

Let’s also say that the commercial route was safer, but the country route waaaay shorter…

a portrait of a country highway

Now, hypothetically, if you were just traveling by yourself (or with just one of your homeboys), which route would you take? The country route, right? Obviously, since it’s quicker, you could probably speed through it and bang it out in the middle of the night…

However, if you were traveling with your wife and children, which route would you take then??? Obviously the commercial route this time (just in case something happens), because even though it’s longer, it’s more convenient and they’d probably feel more comfortable, right?

———— Symbolic Anecdotes ————

Here’s another anecdote to symbolize the other 1/2 of this point:

Twin Towers as symbolized on 20 dollar bill Back in college a few years ago, I remember some of my activist friends and I putting on a showing of some 9-11 “Truth Revealed” documentary…one of those joints that build on how the U.S. government was really behind the attacks in order to simplify the transition into a war economy, obtain oil and gain more population control.

Although I thought it was a good film, I was upset by the fact that WE WERE WATCHING IT IN 2007 – six years after the fact, when all of the necessary political moves were already in place and it was too late to do anything about it. (That’s like waiting until now to talk about Hurricane Katrina on a deeper level…5 years removed).

I also thought back to 2001 when someone close to me was reading a book called “9-11 in Plane Sight” (NOT the video documentary, but a book by the same title that I can’t seem to find anywhere now).

I remembered everyone being in too much of a hypnotized, robotic state from the shock of the attacks to even listen to him – being too paralyzed by fear to think critically at all. I’d watch him explain things to people, read them excerpts from the book and all that, but no matter what, his words would always go in one ear and out the other…I was the only person I ever saw pay him any mind.

Even further, not too long after showing that documentary, I remember trying to put my activist friends on to Moorish Sovereignty, UCC paperwork and the whole idea that the United States is a corporate entity (a fiction that exists only on paper) NOT an actual “nation.”

A great Moorish Flag image

Of course, everybody thought I was crazy, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if by this time next year the concept of “reclaiming your sovereign birthright” became mainstream and every one jumped on the bandwagon.

The only thing is that now the game is different: it’s much more difficult to “navigate” and “stand on your square” now than it was 10 or 15 years ago, because so many people have caught on. The Court Systems have made things more complicated in fear of losing too much money.

———— That’s Just How It Is ————

This is simply how the society is…so if you’re aiming at anything progressive or constructive in anyway, you just have to accept it.

If you’re trying to make a fundamental change in yourself psychologically or spiritually, just accept that most of the people in your circumference now aren’t on that level yet.

Black man with eyes closedIf you’re altering your outlook on things sociologically or politically, just accept that most of the cats you build with now (even if they are “conscious”) simply aren’t capable of dealing with that level of information.

All in all, if you’re trying to do ANYTHING unique, daring or life-altering, you can expect the people around you to think you’ve “lost your God-damn mind,” so start taking that as a sign that you’re headed in the right direction…

Generally speaking, this is a good thing anyway because more people tend to bring along with them more dead weight, making it difficult to take quick, focused action.

If you have it, free yourself from the mindset that you need to “start a movement” and instead, BECOME the movement in your own practice and person.

Take me for example: imagine me trying to convince other people that they should make blog posts, videos and other forms of online content to flood the internet airwaves with constructive intelligence WHILE WE STILL CAN…

Nas in Queensbridge Old School pictureI’d be wasting my time. It’s better I just do my own thing, “show and prove” and if others catch on (on their own accord), great. That means that they’re real soldiers, not just followers…

That’s also why I make post like “Free Internet Tools & Resources to Enhance Your Presence Online” – it presupposes and implies that you’d like to do this sort of thing, and helps out the portion of my readers who already are.

As an analogy, think of those old video games or cartoons where the hero is trapped in a maze, but every time he finds a way out, the evil overlord rushes to close that opening down so he couldn’t escape. (There’s a particular episode of that old Batman cartoon about this…he was up against the Mad Hatter or somebody).

a cool image of batman the dark knight

Similarly, the way I see it, life is a progressive series of mazes, the confines of which are established by the parameters and limitations of your own intellectual capacity.

Always trying to bring people along with you slows down your response time, and makes it almost impossible to capitalize on an opening while you still can. (If it were a video game, you’d never be able to reach the next level because player 2 keeps dying.)

P.Diddy counting cash finds one dollar billIf I had a dollar for every friend, girlfriend, fellow soldier or otherwise open-minded person who didn’t have the courage (or really, the faith) to roll with me 107%, I’d probably be able to meet my rent this month with that revenue alone…

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret a thing, but it just goes to validate the point: I’m not saying that you shouldn’t share your journey with anyone, just that you might be at a point right now where what you need is a new level of self-knowledge, not a set of followers.

After you’ve successfully made the transition, THEN you’ll be at a place to give back, because you’ve been there and you actually know what you’re talking about. (You’ll also meet new friends who are already at that greater stage and will be glad to have you join them.)

In that sense, sometimes you need to be selfish IN ORDER to be generous; you may be at a point right now where you need to do for yourself, BY yourself, in order to give back to others authentically.

Trust me, if you’re reading this, YOU’RE AHEAD OF YOUR TIME (I don’t care how old you are), so don’t expect others to understand the logistics to your personal mission. Just make it happen…


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  • Matt said:

    Peace B,

    Just had to show respect for the post, At this point I’ve learned you can’t expect people to be receptive to the knowledge.. so I’ll Keep working on Me and help those who I can…

    Your brother


  • Bryan Ogilvie (author) said:

    No doubt man…this is a subject that seems to resonate w/ A LOT of people, so I’ll be exploring it more in the near future. Stay tuned…

  • Mars said:

    This concept feels like an ankle weight being cut off my leg. Somehow the moments when I feel I’m on to something that others aren’t seeing always has made me question what I have discovered/constructed. And that doesn’t make any sense, there’s no scientific principle behind that idea. It’s just self-doubt, and the fear of isolating one’s self from your friends and community. But when you look at it as a process, that results in you developing to the point where you can give back to the community, it doesn’t sound or feel “elitist” or selfish at all.

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