Habari gani? Imani
To believe, with all our heart, in our Creator, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
That’s the motto for this year.
Faith in self and faith in the process.
To reiterate, Kwanzaa is a non-religious holiday. This definition of faith exists outside of any religion. It’s something akin to the idea of trusting in the universe, of trusting in the way of things, of simply believing that anything is possible.
“It begins with a belief in the Creator and in the positiveness of the creation and logically leads to a belief in the essential goodness and possibility of the human personality. For in all African spiritual traditions from Egypt on, it is taught that we are in the image of the Creator and thus capable of ultimate righteousness and creativity through self-mastery and development in the context of positive support. therefore, a faith in ourselves is key here, faith in our capacity as humans to live righteously, self-correct, support, care for and be responsible for each other and eventually create the just and good society.”
We must invent, innovate, reach inside ourselves and dare set afoot a new man and woman. The world and our people are waiting for something new, more beautiful and beneficial from us than what a past of oppression has offered us. Let us not imitate or be taught by our oppressors. Let us dare struggle, free ourselves politically and culturally and raise images above the earth that reflect our capacity for human progress and greatness. This is the challenge and burden of our history which assumes and requires a solid faith.
— words from Maulanga Karenga
This commercial is why I will always have a profound respect for Steve Jobs. I know, I know, I’ve heard he was kind of a dick, he was selfish, blah, blah. These are character traits I don’t wish to imitate for obvious reasons.
But what I cannot take away from him was his vision.
I mean, it’s a reason I’m typing this up on a Macbook Pro right now.
What is it that makes people believe that they can move mountains? What is it that pushes people to create? What compels people to think differently?
January 1st always feels like a reset button for me.
Habari gani? Imani.