Sunday, September 11, 2011

Omoluabi: Self-actualization and Communal Responsibility.

Segun Gbadegesin presented a number of different concepts during this second lecture. He reiterated the research question, told us the difference between wisdom and knowledge, how Egypt had principles long before most cultures and the concept of Iwa, or a person’s own own character.
How have scholars across the various fields of study advanced and transformed academic knowledge related to enduring problems of the human condition? This is the research question, to which we must discover an answer through these lectures. Through transformation, people should help to change the world. Instead of just advancing a field of study it the notions of that field should be completely shifted. These fields of study include things like natural sciences, divinity or fine arts.
Building on Dr. Carr’s lecture of African brilliance and Egypt’s scholars, Professor Gbadegesin pointed out that before Muhammad or Jesus was born to this Earth, the Egyptians had beliefs in deities such as MA ‘at and Ramses the Great. Also, before the Ten Commandments were engraved on stone and before Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount, The Egyptians had the Principles of MA ‘at and the Book of Instruction.
Lastly, he talked about Iwa, which is the character of a person. A person must have this Iwa inside of them, or they are not living their own life. The concept of Iwa introduces the responsibility an individual must have towards himself, and to the community, which goes back to the initial reasoning of this lecture of self-actualization and communal responsibility.
A person should have good character, because this represents inner beauty, and is also the essence of religion.

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