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    Avoiding the "Cult of Personality"

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    by , 02-22-2008 at 05:50 PM (1284 Views)

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    Many have done it with MLK, Malcolm X, Tupac, Biggie, Jesus/Yeshua, and many others. They have fallen for a cult of personality, the overzealous praise, even to the point of worship in some cases, of an individual. This can give an individual an alarming amount of power over a large group of people, and if used the wrong way can cause a world of trouble. We did it, to a degree, during the Civil Rights/Black Power movements, and still do it today.

    Tupac for example. Tupac was a conscious rapper (before going to prison or getting shot, and to a degree afterwards), but conscious or not he is seen as the "Greatest Rapper" in the history of rap (as far back as people of my generation, and a couple before that know or are concerned with when it comes to the history of rap). But for the most part his music was about addressing problems within the Black community and exposing the corruption of the government. Also, if you look for his work outside of what the mainstream media hows you he had many other books about/by him that have many of his poems and other things.

    Pac mentioned himself how he saw how much influence he had over a lot of people, and sadly he wasnt ready to take on that big of a responsibility. And it still holds true today, but not necessarily in a positive way. Instead of dissecting his songs and poems to get a better understanding of his message and what he was trying to say, people would rather dissect his songs to prove or disprove whether he is dead or alive. His being dead or alive doesn't change his message, so why bother trying to prove somethign that has no affect on what he said while he was here? I think in a couple of other posts people have talked about how he could've been a revolutionary and this and that. But Tupac served his purpose, which is why he is no longer with us. Neither Tupac or any other revolutionary could free us. We had to free ourselves. The purpose of the revolutionary or leader is to teach the people that we can free ourselves. Which is why they end up dying; so we can DO what they said we should do, OURSELVES.

    We all to often get caught up in the PERSON rather than the MESSAGE that the person was trying to spread. It's ok to love a person and remember people who have passed on, but don't forget what thier purpose/message was while they were here.

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    1. jamal-s's Avatar
      With that being said, what are ways we can avoid, or keep other from, falling into a cult of personality? (Along with looking for the truth yourself)

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    2. tyydae's Avatar
      I've heard someone compare people to the animal kingdom. Their point was that the majority will follow. In the "lion pack" there is a leader.There is a "queen bee" etc. He went on to say that there will always be someone that the "herd" looks to follow.

      As far as the getting caught up in the person and not the message, that is going to happen when you have so many people who are not sure of themselves or their purpose.

      How do you stop this from happening to you? The answer lies in you and only you. There is not another route you can take. That is why so many folks are more comfortable with following a person, because that person (in my opinion) represents all that they want to be, could be but will never be.

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