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EPILOGUE

We have been schooled into believing as true the different historical superlatives, where nations, civilizations, and cultures, in a ceaseless quest for dominance, have triggered machinations whose only clear path to progression and achievement is destruction, power, and servitude at its most convenience…..

….but if you are in any way haunted by this agonizing feeling of imbalance, then the stalemate scripted by some of these slants of thinking will be unacceptable for human growth and advancement. Antoine de St. Exupery on his part said in Wind, Sand and Stars that, “civilizations may, indeed, compete to bring forth new syntheses, but it is monstrous that they should devour one another.”   Click to listen highlighted text! We have been schooled into believing as true the different historical superlatives, where nations, civilizations, and cultures, in a ceaseless quest for dominance, have triggered machinations whose only clear path to progression and achievement is destruction, power, and servitude at its most convenience….. ….but if you are in any way haunted by this agonizing feeling of imbalance, then the stalemate scripted by some of these slants of thinking will be unacceptable for human growth and advancement. Antoine de St. Exupery on his part said in Wind, Sand and Stars that, “civilizations may, indeed, compete to bring forth new syntheses, but it is monstrous that they should devour one another.”


CHAPTER 1

 …blended with their weapons, this new agent not only made the Tchousee  soldier invisible to the approaching enemy, it was also capable of jamming the  guns and spears used by the enemy fighter. The newly designed spear heads  also had the potency of changing its trajectory in midair to avoid any counter  launch, but still strike its intended target with precision. Equipped with the  new and unparalleled sophistication of stealth and firepower, the supreme  commander of the Fon’s army launched a formidable new assault on the  Tchomba fighters…   Click to listen highlighted text!  …blended with their weapons, this new agent not only made the Tchousee  soldier invisible to the approaching enemy, it was also capable of jamming the  guns and spears used by the enemy fighter. The newly designed spear heads  also had the potency of changing its trajectory in midair to avoid any counter  launch, but still strike its intended target with precision. Equipped with the  new and unparalleled sophistication of stealth and firepower, the supreme  commander of the Fon’s army launched a formidable new assault on the  Tchomba fighters…

CHAPTER 14

…picked up a novel I was reading by Maya Angelou and fleeced the pages and pulled out the picture Gracey had given me when I was coming home. I  carefully watched her countenance as I stretched my right hand, handing the picture to her. Like all mothers, she just couldn’t wait to see the woman who has stolen her son’s heart, to size her and find all the nonpluses…   Click to listen highlighted text! …picked up a novel I was reading by Maya Angelou and fleeced the pages and pulled out the picture Gracey had given me when I was coming home. I  carefully watched her countenance as I stretched my right hand, handing the picture to her. Like all mothers, she just couldn’t wait to see the woman who has stolen her son’s heart, to size her and find all the nonpluses…

EPIGRAPH

Truth, I always reminded myself, is achieved at the altar of ideas than in the trenches of invectives. People achieve vindication when they die seeking truth rather than sickening the truth.   Click to listen highlighted text! Truth, I always reminded myself, is achieved at the altar of ideas than in the trenches of invectives. People achieve vindication when they die seeking truth rather than sickening the truth.


CHAPTER 3

From the devastating wars in the Congo, the dilapidated environment in the Niger Delta, to the entrenched mines in other places around the world, we see how man’s quest to feed its desires has left others riling in desolation and hopelessness…

If the laying of proposed pipelines from Canada through uninhabited desert land in the United States is met with ferocious opposition and threats of a legislative Armageddon because some species of cactus and black snake, or a vanishing breed of bird will be affected by accidental spills, then why is it an acceptable practice to lay those same pipelines in the backyards of humans in the other oil producing nations of the world with no regard to their  lives, and  with a livelihood so dependent on the soil…   Click to listen highlighted text! From the devastating wars in the Congo, the dilapidated environment in the Niger Delta, to the entrenched mines in other places around the world, we see how man’s quest to feed its desires has left others riling in desolation and hopelessness… If the laying of proposed pipelines from Canada through uninhabited desert land in the United States is met with ferocious opposition and threats of a legislative Armageddon because some species of cactus and black snake, or a vanishing breed of bird will be affected by accidental spills, then why is it an acceptable practice to lay those same pipelines in the backyards of humans in the other oil producing nations of the world with no regard to their  lives, and  with a livelihood so dependent on the soil…

CHAPTER 4

“Doesn’t Christ intercede between Christians and God the way my ancestors intercede for me in front of the same God?” he belabored as he spoke with the priest.
“What makes  their path to God morally acceptable and mine not, if our ultimate goal is to reach the same immortal God?
  Click to listen highlighted text! “Doesn’t Christ intercede between Christians and God the way my ancestors intercede for me in front of the same God?” he belabored as he spoke with the priest. “What makes  their path to God morally acceptable and mine not, if our ultimate goal is to reach the same immortal God?

CHAPTER 5

…Resistance, my brother, is the only rock upon which our collective sacrifices  should be peddled on.

A slave that sips freedom’s water, breathes freedom’s air; must walk on  freedom’s paved path, and never return to the master’s stranglehold. We  should be ready to tear down all contractual barriers that have kept us in  bondage, so our children never have to relive our experiences. Remember that  no one is born a slave, just into the slavish indignities created by fellow man.   Click to listen highlighted text! …Resistance, my brother, is the only rock upon which our collective sacrifices  should be peddled on. A slave that sips freedom’s water, breathes freedom’s air; must walk on  freedom’s paved path, and never return to the master’s stranglehold. We  should be ready to tear down all contractual barriers that have kept us in  bondage, so our children never have to relive our experiences. Remember that  no one is born a slave, just into the slavish indignities created by fellow man.

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