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For America to be saved her people's psychology must change

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FOR AMERICA TO BE SAVED HER PEOPLE'S PSYCHOLOGY MUST CHANGE

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

History shows us that each past empire began with certain assumptions about human nature and people. It does not follow that those assumptions were explicitly delineated or even known to the people but they were implicit in the people's behaviors.

Greece and Rome, for example, had the assumption that people are different and that some are meant to be used as slaves. In his politics, Aristotle clearly accepted slavery as a necessary part of society. Some people had to work to produce the goods needed for the sustenance of the better sorts in society, Aristotle assumed. He further assumed that women were not fit for participation in politics; politics was for free men.

Both Greece and Rome were based on slavery.  Neither Greece nor Rome transcended slavery; eventually, their enslaved masses destroyed them; that was more so in Rome.

Rome enslaved those it called barbarians and vandals, Germans, and it was those same barbarians and vandals that destroyed it. If it had treated them as human beings and as equal to the patricians who ruled Rome the empire probably would have lasted much longer than it did. This is speculation on my part.

Europeans came to the Americas in 1492 and settled in the continent in the 1500s. The English settled at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 and began what is today called the United States of America.

In 1619 African slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia; thus, for all intents and purposes, Africans have been in the USA for as long as Englishmen, and certainly longer than the other Europeans who came much later to the USA and now call themselves Americans and discriminate against black folks. Donald Trump's folks came from Germany to the USA in the late 1800s and, therefore, he is a lesser American than the black folks he discriminates against.

The United States began as a slave society. It imported African slaves and used them to cut down the then virgin forest of the country and subsequently used them to work in its agricultural plantations. The country became a great exporting country, exporting food and other materials to Europe.

Thereafter, the age of industry, which began in Britain in the late 1700s, came to the USA in the 1830s. Slaves do not do well in factories so African slaves were unwillingly emancipated in the 1860s.  Nevertheless, so-called free Africans were treated as inferior persons.

To the present there is no doubt that white America sees black Americans as inferior persons.  In America white supremacy is assumed to be true. All sorts of pseudo-scientific evidence are amassed to prove that black folks are supposedly inferior to white folks. We are told that black folk's intelligence (what is intelligence) is lower than those of white folks. We are told that black folks are lazy and cannot compete with white folks.  We have been told many things about black folks.

Black folks have not been asked to tell us something about them; it is always white people that tell us about them. This is racial arrogance, wouldn't you say?

It would seem that only a people should tell us who they are, not external others presuming to know them more than they know themselves.

For our present purposes, the USA, like Greece and Rome, was built on slavery.  The slaves were supposed to accept their status as slaves and not complain about it or fight it. The rulers with feet of clay seem surprised when the slaves say that they are not slaves and fight for freedom. In Rome the fight for freedom led to the collapse of the Roman Empire.

In North America, clearly black folks are no longer willing to accept slavery or second class status. They will fight for freedom and if America does not deliberately accommodate their need for freedom, as in Rome, they will destroy America.

If America does not change her slave psychology this century is probably her last century before she declines and falls.

No slave empire lasts more than five hundred years. America is a little over four hundred years. In 2107 she would have been around for five hundred years and if slavery or white supremacy persist in the land the empire would be has been empire like other slave based empires.

This is because human beings do not accept slavery forever and ever.  You may come up with all sorts of "theories" to justify  enslaving people but those are social constructs that only fools accept; slaves always overthrow their hitherto masters.

The slaves of Rome overthrew the Roman Empire but did not have empire supporting world views that would have enabled them to establish a new empire. Thus, it took a thousand years (500 AD to 1500 AD) before Europe saw the emergence of other empires in it.

America can easily fall and since the so-called minorities in the land do not have a well-organized, coherent, empire supporting world view, small states would emerge in the land. After a period of chaos, perhaps another empire would emerge in North America, one, perhaps, led by non-Europeans, one led by a mixed race of whites, blacks and native Americans and Asians.

MULTICULTURALISM MUST BE REPLACED WITH A UNIVERSAL SCIENTIFIC CULTURE

When you enslave a people they will reject your culture and try to affirm their own culture. Black Americans, as we speak, are trying to affirm their own culture. They dream about what African cultures were like and try to resurrect them and live them.

This has led to what is currently called multiculturalism in North America and the West in general.

Multiculturalism will lead to the division of the USA into enclaves with people in them with different world views and the center would no longer hold; every empire needs a unifying culture for it to stay together.

All people in an empire must be given a unifying culture if they are to see themselves as members of that empire. The USA began with English culture and morphed to whatever it is today.

It is obvious that the USA should not encourage multiculturalism and the propagation of many languages for that is a recipe for the balkanization and fall of the country. It must find a unifying culture to hold the people together.

Luckily, that unifying culture is already available to America. That new culture is scientific culture, a culture based on the scientific method. Here, only behavior that is rooted in empirical observation and can be verified as true and or functional would be embraced and encouraged.

Language is probably the primary means of showing identification with a group; therefore, all Americans must be required to speak the English language; English must be made the official language of the country. Other languages can be studied for comparative purposes but not given equal status with English in America.

It is annoying to be in Los Angeles, California and have public announcements made in both English and Spanish; they should be made only in English; if you do not like English what are you doing in an English speaking country? If you want to speak your native language stay there and don't come to America and ask Americans to accommodate your language and culture.

DISCUSSION

The USA must change its psychology; it must immediately start teaching the people a new orientation to the self, one that teaches the equality of men and women regardless of their so-called race.

There is only one human race. All human beings living in the USA must be seen as equal and taught scientific culture.

If this is done the USA may last another five hundred years, if not more. But if the idea of white supremacy continues, the idea with which the clown, Donald Trump, rode to the White House, America has seen its best days.

Instead of making America great, again, racism would make her weak and small. Racism would make America decline and fall and join the past empires that refused to change their founding psychology to a more inclusive and equalitarian psychology.

Clearly, people have different abilities.  Teaching social equality does not mean equality of outcomes but equality of opportunities. It means giving all people the opportunity to compete for whatever outcome the individual desires.

For competition to be meaningful all children must be provided with publicly paid education to university and technical schools levels and given publicly paid health insurance. A form of social democracy and mixed economy is what America needs if it is to survive.

However, even with the best social engineering, there will always be the rich and poor, the powerful and the weak. Until we change all people and make them biologically the same we shall have social differentiation and stratification.  Be that as it may, the poor should be treated with dignity.

CONCLUSION

America, like past great empires, began with slavery. The founders of the American empire saw white Europeans as superior to Africans, Asians and Native Americans. That social ideology enabled the founders of America to use nonwhite folks to create the latest world empire called the USA.

Perhaps, the needs of the time made it necessary to have slavery in America; it is difficult to visualize a non-slave empire based on agriculture.

However, times have changed. We now live in industrial and urban mass society. Here, a different political ideology is called for.

The new ideology must see all people as the same and coequal and offer all of them the opportunity to compete and may the best reach whatever heights society offers people.

This is the only choice left to America if it is to survive into the future. If it persists in seeing nonwhites as second class persons her days as a great empire are numbered.

It is in America's survival interest for her to see all people as the same and equal. This does not mean opening the border to unmitigated immigration; clearly, the number of people allowed into the USA must be limited to what the economy can support; and the people allowed in must support the USA Constitution and way of life.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

November 8, 2017

www.centerformindscience.org

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176