Harmonic Ethos – A Philosophical Introduction
As a self-professed philosopher, and seeker of wisdom, with the passion of contributing to the foundational enlightenment of my surrounding community, family, ethos. I’ve been asked what have, or will I contribute to the aspect of philosophical thought and perceptiveness. I often thought about that question long and vigorously, as many great thinkers before me have laid foundations which shape my thought process to this day.
Would it be egotistical of me to think of myself as a great thinker, when I have access to large amounts of information with modern technology, with such great ease, than my predecessors and ancestors.
In my years of discourse with people from all walks of life, I sought to understand natural world and my place in it, I challenged the deepest part of my consciousness, read some of the greatest works of our Black/African scholars, and other literature. My greatest purpose is to be the best version of myself possible, it’s foundational to my thought process. My other purpose to uplift those around me higher moral living, better character development, harmony, to instill this in my lineage, family community for generations to come.
A Philosophical framework I created, and present as a declaration, based on my years study and wisdom, is titled Harmonic Ethos
First let’s define the words Harmonic & Ethos.
4: Of an integrated nature : CONGRUOUS
The distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution
Harmonic Ethos is a philosophical framework that seeks to explore the interconnectedness and balance in the universe, with a focus on individual and collective well-being. It’s built upon the following core tenets:
Harmonic Equilibrium: Harmony is the central concept of Harmonic Ethos. It posits that the universe operates on a delicate balance of forces and energies. This equilibrium extends to all aspects of life, from nature to human relations. To achieve a fulfilled life, one must strive to maintain this balance within themselves and their surroundings.
Synergetic Interdependence: Harmonic Ethos emphasizes the idea that everything in the universe is interconnected. It recognizes that individual actions have ripple effects on the collective whole. Therefore, individuals are encouraged to act with awareness of their impact on the greater system.
Holistic Self-Realization: This philosophy encourages individuals to explore and understand themselves on multiple levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It suggests that true self-realization comes from embracing one’s complexity and striving for self-improvement in all dimensions of life.
Universal Compassion: Harmonic Ethos promotes a sense of empathy and compassion toward all living beings. It encourages individuals to extend kindness and understanding to others, recognizing their shared existence within the harmonious fabric of the universe.
Dynamic Ethical Framework: Instead of fixed moral rules, Harmonic Ethos suggests that ethical decisions should be context dependent. It encourages individuals to evaluate each situation and make choices that contribute to the greater harmony and well-being of all involved. Principles of Maat will always be a foundational aspect of ethics and morality in this framework.
Symbiotic Ecology: Environmental stewardship is a fundamental aspect of this philosophy. It teaches that people have a responsibility to protect and nurture the natural world, understanding that our well-being is intrinsically tied to the health of the planet.
Evolving Wisdom: Harmonic Ethos acknowledges that knowledge and understanding evolve over time. It encourages a continuous quest for wisdom and truth, welcoming new insights and perspectives as they emerge.
Transcendental Connection: While not strictly pantheistic, Harmonic Ethos suggests that there may be a transcendent or unifying force that underlies the harmonious order of the universe. This concept remains open to interpretation and personal belief.
Harmonic Ethos invites individuals to explore and apply these principles in their lives to cultivate personal fulfillment, promote a harmonious society, and contribute to the greater balance of the universe.
The philosophical system of Harmonic Ethos incorporates elements that can be related to the seven main branches of philosophy, but it doesn’t neatly fit into any single category. Instead, it draws from various branches and combines them in a unique way. Here’s how it can be related to the main branches:
Seven Main Branches of Philosophy Related To Harmonic Ethos.
Metaphysics: Harmonic Ethos touches on metaphysical concepts by suggesting the possibility of a transcendent or unifying force underlying the universe. This aspect relates to metaphysical questions about the nature of reality and existence.
Epistemology: The philosophy encourages a quest for wisdom and truth, which aligns with epistemological concerns about knowledge, belief, and the nature of truth.
Ethics: Ethical considerations are central to Harmonic Ethos. It provides a dynamic ethical framework and emphasizes compassion, interconnectedness, and ethical decision-making in various life situations.
Logic: Although not explicitly mentioned, the philosophy implies a logical approach to decision-making by encouraging individuals to evaluate each situation and make choices that contribute to greater harmony.
Aesthetics: While aesthetics is not a primary focus, philosophy does acknowledge the beauty and harmony found in the interconnectedness of the universe, which can be related to aesthetic experiences.
In summary, Harmonic Ethos is a holistic philosophy that draws from multiple branches of philosophy but doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. It integrates metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and other philosophical considerations into a unique framework focused on harmony, interconnectedness, and well-being.
Methods and Practices
- Mindfulness Meditation: Use regular mindfulness meditation to promote self-awareness and interconnectedness.
- Environmental Consciousness: Use eco-friendly practices and outdoor activities to foster a deeper connection with nature.
- Compassion Exercises: Use exercises that cultivate empathy and compassion, such as volunteering or practicing random acts of kindness.
- Ethical Dilemma Discussions: Engage in group discussions about ethical dilemmas to apply the dynamic ethical framework of Harmonic Ethos.
- Self-Reflection Journals, Reading Books, Physical & Mental Wellness: Keep journals for self-reflection and tracking personal growth, as well as reading books and literature, physical exercise.
Harmonic Ethos: Empowering Africans in the American Diaspora
Within the complex and challenging landscape of the African diaspora in America, there emerges a philosophy that offers a path to healing, empowerment, and a profound sense of identity. Harmonic Ethos, akin to a guiding light, seeks to address the historical injustices and systemic racism that continue to affect Black/ African communities. It stands as a beacon of hope, providing a philosophical framework that can nurture resilience and transformation.
A Legacy of Struggle
The history of Africans in the American diaspora is one marked by a legacy of struggle. The scars of the transatlantic slave trade, the enduring trauma of slavery, and the persistent injustices of systemic racism have left indelible marks on the collective consciousness. In the face of these challenges, Harmonic Ethos emerges as an ideology that acknowledges the pain of the past while offering a path toward healing & justice.
Interconnectedness and Healing
At the heart of Harmonic Ethos lies the principle of interconnectedness. It reminds us that we are not isolated individuals but integral threads in the intricate tapestry of life. This principle holds the key to healing, as it encourages African Americans to acknowledge and validate each other’s experiences. It prompts us to recognize that the pain inflicted upon one is a shared wound. In confronting systemic racism and seeking justice, Harmonic Ethos advocates for collective healing through empathy, compassion & justice.
Empowerment Through Self-Realization
Harmonic Ethos also champions the concept of holistic self-realization. In a society that has historically sought to diminish the identities and self-worth of Black individuals, this philosophy empowers African Americans to embark on a journey of self-discovery. It invites us to explore the multifaceted dimensions of our being, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Through this exploration, we can reclaim our narratives and redefine the stories that have been imposed upon us.
Ethical Decision-Making and Resilience
In the face of adversity, Harmonic Ethos provides a dynamic ethical framework that fosters resilience. It encourages ethical decision-making in every aspect of life, enabling African Americans to navigate a world rife with systemic challenges. By evaluating each situation and making choices that contribute to greater harmony and justice, we can not only survive but thrive in the face of adversity.
Environmental Stewardship and Cultural Reclamation
For African Americans, Harmonic Ethos extends beyond the individual to encompass the collective. It underscores the importance of environmental stewardship, reminding us of our deep connection to the Earth. As we embrace our African roots and honor the cultural wisdom passed down through generations, we become guardians of our ancestral heritage, ensuring that it flourishes for generations to come.
A Journey Toward Transcendence
Harmonic Ethos opens the door and journey toward transcendence. It doesn’t impose rigid dogmas but invites individuals to explore the possibility of a unifying force underlying the harmonious order of the universe. In the search for this transcendent connection, African Americans in the diaspora can find solace, purpose, and a profound sense of belonging.
Harmonic Ethos offers a profound philosophical compass for African Americans in the American diaspora. It provides a path to healing, empowerment, and a deeper connection to their roots, fostering resilience in the face of adversity. Through the harmonious embrace of these principles, the African diaspora in America can forge a brighter future, built upon empathy, self-realization, ethical decision-making, and the reclamation of our rich cultural heritage.
Until next time, look out for my future article on character development, it will serve as a compliment.
Readings for Clarity & Perspective Towards Harmonic Ethos.
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Decolonizing the Mind
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Petals of Blood
John Henrik Clarke, African People in World History
Chinweizu, The West and the Rest of Us
Chinweizu, Decolonising the African Mind
Marimba Ani, Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior
Marimba Ani, Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Frances Cress Welsing, The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors
Asa G. Hilliard III, The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization
Asa G. Hilliard III, The Teachings of Ptah Hotep
Ishakamusa Barashango, African People and European Holidays: A Mental Genocide
John G. Jackson, Man, God, and Civilization
Jacob H. Carruthers, MDW NTR: Divine Speech
Jacob H. Carruthers, Intellectual Warfare
Chancellor Williams, The Destruction of Black Civilization
Ama Mazama, The Afrocentric Paradigm
Drusilla Dunjee Houston, The Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire
Ivan Van Sertima, Egypt: Child of Africa
Molefi Kete Asante, African Pyramids of Knowledge
Molefi Kete Asante, The Egyptian Philosophers
Molefi Kete Asante and Abu S. Abarry, African Intellectual Heritage
Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo
Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan, Black Man of the Nile and His Family
Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan, Understanding the African Philosophical Concept Behind the “Diagram of the Law of Opposites
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Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan, African Origins of Major Western Religions
Ayi Kwei Armah, Two Thousand Seasons
Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
Mwalimu Baruti, Centered
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti, Kebuka
Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti, Asafo
Ama Ata Aidoo, Our Sister Killjoy
George G.M. James, Stolen Legacy
Manu Ampim, The History of African Civilizations
Manu Ampim, The Five Major African Initiation Rites
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Tdka Maat Kilimanjaro, KA2 Philosophy
Tdka Maat Kilimanjaro, African Time
Tdka Maat Kilimanjaro, Bak2
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Mkuu Mzee and Olatunji Mwamba, Raising Awareness: Past Present Future
Maulana Karenga, MAAT: Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt
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P.H Coetzee and A.P.J Roux, The African Philosophy Reader
Cheikh Anta Diop, Cultural Unity of Black Africa: : The Domains of Patriarchy and of Matriarchy in Classical Antiquity
Cheikh Anta Diop, Civilization or Barbarism
Theophile Obenga, African Philosophy
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin White Mask
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Fritjof Capra, The Web of Life
Fritjof Capra, The Turning Point
Mfundishi Jhutyms, Spiritual Warriors are Healers
Evan M Zuesse, Ritual Cosmos
Steven M Cahn, Philosophy for The 21st Century
Donald R Prothero and Robert H Dott Jr, Evolution of the Earth
Gary Lorrison, How To Think: A Complete Guide to Analytical Thinking
Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body That Keeps Score
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