“Courage, dear heart.”
Your past is no indicator of your potential. Begin again.
“I wanted to be where nobody I knew could ever come.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Jay Electronica | Exhibit A (Transformations)
Jay Electronica | Exhibit C
“Question your thoughts. Question your stories.
Question your assumptions.
Question your opinions. Question your conclusions.
Question them all into utter emptiness, stillness and joy.
The keys to freedom are in your hands.
“I dream too much, and I don’t write enough, and I’m trying to find god everywhere.”
Anis Mojgani, Quentin
J Dilla | Fall In Love ft. Slum Village
A research group of scientists put 5 monkeys in a cage. In the middle of the cage, the researchers place bananas on top of a ladder. The monkeys see the bananas and obviously one of them goes to get them. As this happens the researchers spray that monkey with cold water, as well as the remaining 4. The monkey stumbles off and all 5 sit cold, wet, and bewildered. Soon the temptation and hunger takes over and another monkey reaches up the ladder, and again all were sprayed. When a third monkey tries, the other monkeys, wanting to avoid the cold spray, grab the third monkey and beat him.
Now one monkey is removed and replaced with a new one in the cage. That monkey, unknowing of the previous treatment, reaches for the bananas and is taken by the other monkeys and beaten.
The experimenters remove a second monkey (of the original 5) from the cage and replace him with a new monkey. Again, the new monkey begins to climb the ladder and, again, the other others - including the monkey who had never been sprayed.- pull him off and beat him
By the end of the experiment, all monkeys are replaced, and none of these monkeys had experienced the initial spray of the cold water, but continued to beat on each new monkey who tried to grab the bananas on the ladder. Eventually they learned all together, not to reach for the bananas.
This is what subjugation is. This is how normalization occurs.
Nothing changes until you want it to.
original experiment source