The Personal Community
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
In any primitive cultures and in the great culture of Africa, a person is born into personal community, a group of intimates to which he/she is linked for life by tradition.
In this culture where ones group is determined before birth, even one’s wife may be selected in advance by traditional arrangements.
In Africa, the absence of predetermined personal communities plus great mobility brings in about that in one of the great populations of the world people have become scare. Commodities and compete for natural resources for manufactured objects and for consumers. The fact that everyone can be chosen or rejected by others, that have never know why he is rejected if he is, and the fact that those he numbered in his personal community one day may not be there the next day, makes for enormous uncertainty in interpersonal relations. It makes for great sensitivity to looks, stares, smiles and criticism, and originates the endless inner questioning, “Am I liked?”
Author: By Karamo Marena Kanifing Estate.