In effort to digitize a lesson or point of view I’ve had for years, I’m writing and sharing this today for record.
Everyone is familiar with the Noah story so there’s no need to rehash the entire tale, but for perspective Ill write a synopsis.
***********Noah Ham Canaan Synopsis | Genesis 9 : 20 – 27 *********
Noah was a righteous and holy man. After seeking a righteous man in the world and not being able to find one outside of Noah, God told Noah to build a boat or an arc and to take two of each kind of animal along with his immediate family to survive the impending flood. Noah listening to his gut, gathered up 2 of each animal, his wife and his 3 sons Ham, Shem and Japheth and their wives; they all got on the boat to ride out the storm. After the storm was over maybe due to it being a time of celebration, Noah got drunk, and passed out naked.
While Noah was Naked , his son Ham (Supposedly the father of all Black people which would include Canaan) saw Noah drunk and thought it was funny. He mocked him and went to tell his brothers Shem and Japheth (the fathers of Arabs and Europeans respectively) so that they could mock him too. When Shem and Japheth saw what Ham was doing they didn’t agree with it, so they found a cloak and walking backwards, so as to not disrespect their drunken father, went in and covered his (Noah’s) nakedness.
Noah, after awakening and being told what Ham did was angry, so he cursed Ham’s son Canaan and stated basically stated that Hams children were cursed to be servants of Hams brothers and their children, which was loosely translated and used as justification for slavery and enslaving of black people in general.
So where is the truth in this story that we can learn and apply to our view of the world now?
Here it is.
Noah was a leader and a righteous man, but he was not perfect, which is obviously shown by him getting drunk and passing out naked in the open. In the mind of those following, this can cause them to dismiss the leaders ability or talent and fall away from his leadership or lessons. This falling away causes the following to be leaderless and disunited. This condition is inevitably instilled in their children and in effect allows their children to be overcame and subjugated by more organized others in the long run. This idea is supported by Hams children (Black people) being cursed to being servants and not Ham himself.
Is this true?
Well…maybe, that’s up to the individual to determine, but… is there any black leader anywhere in the world that we can say is not mocked, challenged or undermined by those, to a certain degree, that they try to lead or stand up for or speak to? I don’t think so. Even down to the lowest rungs of leadership and exceptionalism, I think we all admit that there are what we call “haters” or “crabs” amongst us. It happens so much that we ourselves have made up the terms for it and rant against them on facebook every chance we get.
I couldnt have said it better… 😀
In short, If you find a black person standing in front of cameras or microphones speaking on social issues, then go out amongst black people and ask them how they feel about the speaker, you will find detractors and possibly even open dislike. Sometime its warranted , sometimes its not… but most times there is no alternative for the speaker and the dislike is only there to serve as marginalizing ridicule to weaken the speaker within the circle of the led. This perpetuates the disorganization and ensures that the message is not heard, and as a group when you’re disorganized, you’re beat.
So how should we think about this and how should we act knowing this?
If you’re not the leader, try not to be too judgmental because like said, nobody is perfect. Try to take the good they have done or put out and make the best of it. Do better.
And if you are the leader, be careful who you get drunk around and show your ass to (let get close) even if its family and close friends, because it could cause a loss of respect which could lead to disunity and disharmony in your group. Yep.
Lack of group harmony and disunity could come back to haunt you ( The Leader) in the end in ways worse than just being mocked. How so?
See Lessons learned from the Jesus Judas story. The closest people to you are the most dangerous people to you.
With that said, I say it again… we should try not to be too judgmental because in order to be united, organized and lead we have to be willing to be united, organized and led by somebody and that somebody will have flaws and people will ride them for it. Try not to play a part in that.
With that said; there is hope. An unwilling group can still be organized, united and led… but to do so calls for a certain type of medicine. That medicine can be found my “Moses / serpent in the wilderness” interpretation. Ill post that one after the Jesus/Judas one.
With that said, if you read this far, I appreciate it.
Much love and happiness to you.
Stay Up and Prosper.