Right. Well, since I can’t afford to be even a little bit crazy right now, I think I’ll go on with the program. Here’s the program…
CultureI began to sing songs which reflected African-American cultural and social history from a need to actively acknowledge that the creations of this community and culture- my community and culture – establish it as a member of the world community, not some eccentric isolant in a cultural and historical warp of time.
For my purposes, human culture is not seen simply as the dance of status: it is each group’s special and specific response to those questions which seem to face all humans.
The questions that make culture are such questions as:
how do we stay safe
and they challenge humans wherever they are. The answers to these questions determine our earliest “traditions.”
We breathe art and we crave fun. Sex nestles somewhere between the two as the recreative and procreative mandates merge.
We also share the need to define good and evil and understand the difference; to explain how our world came to be. We acknowledge or create some system larger than ourselves of which we are only a part and to which we must in some way relate, be it social, civil, financial, or spiritual.
This last system may require that we acknowledge or establish the existence and importance of presences and powers that the eye may not be able to see, and understand our relationship to them while we understand our relationships to each other. Morality.
We all need to know what is smart, what is wise, and what is wrong.