We All Need to Get Back to Our African Roots

by on November 16, 2021 · 6 comments

in From the Soul

by Ernie McCray

I sometimes think of Africa.
Where we humans began.
In the beginning
dark of skin.
Existing back then
like kin,
sisters and brothers
depending on each other
for survival,
gathering seeds together,
dining on fruits
and nuts,
flowers, bark, insects
and leaves together,
becoming hunters
in competition
with other
for prey,
then leaving
the place of their birth
to create civilizations
all over the earth,
into a rainbow
of skin tones,
taking on
new ways of being
and seeing,
human beings
who, over time,
sailed the seas
and climbed the highest mountains,
far and deep
into the heavens,
looking down on
an extraordinarily
wonderful and beautiful planet
that provides
all that its inhabitants need
but the people it hosts,
at this stage of human history,
fail to match
its celestial loveliness,
as we’re so opposed to
ideals of togetherness,
to working for the common good,
all bogged down
and entrenched
in our religious beliefs
and isms,
racism, ageism,
classism, sexism…
and our unwillingness
to try on each other’s
hopes and dreams
for size –
as though
we don’t realize
that we need each other
to survive,
to keep
our species alive.

So opposite
of what it was like
at the beginning
when Africa
welcomed primates like us
to the world,
folks who relied
on one another
to give life on earth
a whirl.

We need to get back
to our African roots.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Glen Barfield November 17, 2021 at 11:48 am

Can’t argue with anything you say here, Ernie. Keep saying it like it is. Aloha, Glen


BARBARA LEWIS November 19, 2021 at 2:35 pm

Stated so beautifully…..I do question, often, when humankind became so insecure and fearful that the divide even between families became a matter of hateful life and death. So sad….can our soul remember our roots?


kh November 19, 2021 at 9:06 pm

I suspect there’s more bloodshed and cultural genocide happening in Africa than anywhere else these days. Hasn’t it always been that way?


Thomas Gayton November 19, 2021 at 9:34 pm

RIGHT ON! Africa is our Mother Country


Sam November 20, 2021 at 7:27 am

Just a point of clarification Africa is a continent not a country.


Suzi November 20, 2021 at 9:11 am

Beautifully written Ernie! So nice to see you and Maria at Carly’s party!
Hugs, Suzi


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