A Quote by Sol Luckman on luke soloman, crisis, deep doodoo, clarity, difficulty, challenge, test, and initiation

My throat was parched and my entire body was leprous with cuts, yet my mind was exceedingly clear. I knew I was in deep s**t. I didn’t know how deep--just that I still hadn’t touched bottom.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 52..53

Contributed by: Alyce

A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on gossip, back-biting, initiation, repression of emotion, control of emotion, control of speech, circumcision, and right speech

Almost everything S. B. said and did bespoke the values his father had insitlled in him. Yet these manly injunctions to withstand hardship without complaint and keep one's own counsel were not Tina Kome's alone, but derived from inititation, when every Kuranko boy learns to bear pain without flinching, to respect the words of his elders without demur, and to overcome his fear of the spirits of the wild and of death. As the old medicine master Saran Salia Sano once told me, "Even when they are cutting the foreskin you must not flinch. You must stand stock-still. You must not make a sound from the mouth. Better to die than to wince or blink or cry out."

This control of one's emotions, and of one's speech, was undoubtedly connected to the value the Kruanko place on keeping secrets and promises, and of choosing one's words wisely. To nurse malicious thoughts is to risk malicious acts, and to speak of the devil is to conjure him. Perhaps this was why S. B.'s story was so conspicuously devoid of any ill will, grudges, or snide comments. . . ..

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 98

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by Michael Jackson, 1940 on initiation, democracy in africa, africa, west africa, sierra leone, identity, values, and manhood

If S.B. sometimes railed against Western customs, treating democracy as if it was a euphemism for bad faith, red tape, and diplomatic evasiveness, this was not because he put himself above the lway, ready to waive constitutional procedures, or ignore the views of others. It simply reflected his impatience with indecisiveness, and his aristocratic heritage. It was his pride in this heritage that led him, as an eleven year old boy to stand up to Mr. Vincent's disparaging conflation of Kuranko and savages. To be Kuranko was, as his father had told him, the only conceivable way of being a man. But when S. B. invoked Kuranko-ness, it was not some form of tribalism that he had in mind, but the values he held dear-- not only forthrightness, stoicism, hard work, and self-reliance, but also honesty, generosit, and fidelity to one's principles. Pertinently, it was S. B. many years ago, who provided me with a not implausible etymology for the word Kuranko. "It iwas from the kure tree," he said, "whose wood is very hard."Thus, to say kure n'ko is to imply that the speaker is tough-minded, able to withstand all kinds of hardships, and persevere, like the kure tree.

Michael Jackson

Source: In Sierra Leone, Pages: 99-100

Contributed by: jess

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