Roots

To a certain degree, a globalized information age has enabled a pushback against the mainstream’s suppression and whitewashing of reality, with reality equating to the totality of all things which exist. Moreover, in a globalized information age, the only way to prosper and survive is by “becoming like water,” as Bruce Lee put it. “Becoming like water” means becoming like an ocean or a lake, whereby one becomes receptive to other channels and streams of culture and information.

Plus, to become civilized and to overcome barbarism, one has to become like a body of water which receives alternate channels and streams of culture and information. If we analogize a person to a body of water – and coincidentally, the average human adult body is 60 percent water – and in turn a person denies the various channels and streams of culture and information which come from around the world, the person will eventually dry up and wither away. Culture and information are to the mind and soul what water is to the human body. Without these things, the human being dies out and withers away.

Coincidentally, the suppression and whitewashing of reality by the mainstream literally contributes to the diminution of a population. For one, statistics suggests that white women in the United States are on average dying much earlier than women of color. Also, the white population has a higher rate of suicide compared to other ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Thus, contrary to conventional thought, suppressing and whitewashing reality by erecting bubbles and echo chambers which shield a person away from alternative and diverse sources of culture and information is actually damaging and self-defeating rather than helpful.

Moreover, human beings are organisms, and an organism has roots. Also, one’s roots sustains one’s identity. In turn, the crux of economic, political, and social life is identity, and identity is preserved and sustained through the preservation and sustenance of one’s roots. The key difference between tribal people such as Africans, Arabs, Afghans, and Chinese on one hand, and modern people such as White-Americans on the other hand is that tribal people can trace their history and thus know who they are and where they came from. On the contrary, modern people face significant difficulties in going back in time to know who they are at the present moment.

Certain tribes emphasize their maternal identity rather than their paternal identity, which is something I prefer as well, because people have told me that I am nothing like my father. My great-grandfather on my maternal side was a man named Aseel Khan Waziri. When I analyze and reflect my personal past, and when I deconstruct my behavior and thoughts both past and present, all roads essentially lead to Aseel Khan.

During the early 20th century, Aseel Khan Waziri was a Southern Afghan militia leader who fought British forces during the Third Anglo-Afghan war of the early 20th century. The Waziri tribe is well-known for warfare. When Afghanistan’s monarchy collapsed and when the King fled in 1929, Kabul fell to a Northern militia leader. Aseel Khan was essentially the leader of the Waziri tribe from the South, and when Kabul fell to a Northern militia leader in 1929, Aseel Khan pushed into Kabul with his militia and overthrew the Northern militia. In turn, Aseel Khan installed the ‘Muhammadzai Dynasty’ which ruled Afghanistan for the next 50 years.

Aseel Khan was a tall, handsome man with a full head of hair who in turn had three wives. He was also a music aficionado and a drunkard. Because he single-handedly installed the Afghan king in addition to his personal charm, Aseel Khan was always intertwined with the palace intrigues of the women in the ‘Muhammadzai Dynasty.’ My mother has argued that the palace intrigues of Muhammadzai women was the underlying cause for his death, but no one has been able to provide proof to affirm this claim. In any case, our roots enable us to make sense of reality to a significant degree, and I can perhaps attest to this suggestion given my experiences.

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