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My Letter To Incarcerated Youth, No. 1
I’ve been on San Quentin’s death row for more than 21 years. I hope that this brief message will provoke thoughts of change among you.
Across this nation, countless young men and women, like you, are vegetating in juvenile halls and in youth authorities. More and more prisons are being constructed to accommodate your generation when you grow to adulthood. The question is, can you become motivated enough to defy the expectations that many people have of you?
For those of you who are fortunate enough to regain your freedom, prepare an agenda to survive outside the walls of incarceration. Learn about computer technology, politics and the sciences.
On the other hand, if some of you are facing a lot of time, I suggest that you strive to educate and discipline your mind. If you have access to a library, read every relevant book that you can get your hands on. Educate yourselves about history, world religions, math, English, spirituality and your culture.
It’s time to flip the script. You or I can complain 24×7 about the problems of poverty, drugs, violence, racism and other injustices, but unless we choose to initiate a personal change, we will remain puppets of unjust conditions. Unless we change, we will be incapable of changing the circumstances around us.
In conclusion, there are two ways to view your incarceration: either your present situation will convince you to straighten up your life or it will be the beginning of a wasteful future behind bars. Or worse – you’ll end up on death row.
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Conquer the devils with a little thing called love!
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!
Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.
Every time I plant a seed, He say kill it before it grow, he say kill it before they grow.
Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.
Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.
I’ve been here before and will come again, but I’m not going this trip through.
If you get down and quarell everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say.
In this bright future you can’t forget your past.
Just can’t live that negative way… make way for the positive day!
Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
Man is a universe within himself.
Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.
My future is righteousness.
My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.
My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.
None but ourselves can free our minds.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?
People want to listen to a message, word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody. I am not a leader. Messenger. The words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people.
Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality.
Tell the children the truth.
The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.
The harder the battle the sweet of jah victory.
The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall.
The power of philosophy floats through my head, light like a feather, heavy as lead.
The stone that the builder refused to lay should always be the head corners stone. You’re a builder baby; here I am a stone.
When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.
When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.
You have to be someone.
THE HISTORY OF THE AMAZING SCARAB BEETLES
A dung beetle called ‘Aksak’ was supposed to have made the first woman and man on earth from clay. In ancient China, a Taoist text quotes “the Scarab rolls its pellet, and life is born in it as an effect nondispersed work spiritual concentration. Now, even in manure an embryo can develop and cast his ‘terrestrial’ skins, why should the dwelling of celestial hearts not be able to generate a body to, if we put our spirit on it?”
Scarab Beetles can be found in South America and Egypt. The dung beetle fossils date back 40 million years. The Egyptians immortalized the scarab beetle as sacred . The Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle represented their sun god, Ra. Ra was the Egyptian god who rolled the sun across the sky and buried it each night. The scarab beetle became so sacred that they were put on unique stones to wear as jewelry. Archaeologists have also uncovered some evidence that Indians tribes
in South America also viewed the scarab beetle
as a religious symbol.
Ancient amulets were used for the deceased and the living. Amulets were believed to endow the wearer with the characteristics depicted in the art. Scarab beetle amulets portrayed the beetle’s persistence in rolling a dung ball and the reemergence of the beetle from its hole in the ground. The scarab beetle became the symbol of spontaneous generation, new life, and resurrection. A scarab beetle amulet was found in the Ulu Burun shipwreck confirming one of the trade paths of this ancient vessel included ancient Egypt.
In addition, the scarab beetle appeared in Egyptian heiroglyphs.
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