In this age of technological in-humanity, scientific atrocities, atomic mis-philosophy, nuclear mis-energy, we’re the survivals.
- Bob Marley
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
- Ancient Egyptian saying, wrongly credited to the Christian bible.
Question: To what country do we owe our Civilization, Philosophy, the Arts and the Sciences?
Question: Who is the wisest man the world has ever seen?
Question: Name the world three greatest thinkers of all times?
Answer: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle?
Question: Who is the world greatest mathematician of all times, the [person] who invented the theorem of the Square of the Hypotenuse?
Socrates: “(b. c. 470 BC, Athens -d. 399, Athens, ancient Athenian philosopher who directed philosophical thought toward analyses of the character and conduct of human life and who is remembered for his admonition to ‘know thyself.’
Socrates wrote nothing. Information about his personality and doctrine is found chiefly in the Dialogues of Plato and the Memorabilia of Xenophon.” The New Encyclopedia Britannica, vol. 10, Micropaedia, 15th edition, p.929.
Plato: “(b. 428/427 BC, Athens, or Aegina, Greece-d. 348/347, Athens), ancient Greek philosopher, the second of the great trio of ancient Greeks – Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. He developed a wide-ranging system of philosophy that was strongly ethical, resting on, resting on a foundation of eternal Ideas or Forms that represented universals or absolutes. Platonism influenced currents of philosophy up to the 20th century.” The New Encyclopedia Britannica, vol. 9, Micropaedia, 15th edition, p.509
Aristotle: “Greek ARISTOTELES (b. 384 BC, Stagira, [or Stagirus, or Stageirus], Chalcidice, near Macedonia-d, 322, Chalcis, Euboea, Greece), ancient Greek philosopher, scientist and organizer of research, one of the two greatest intellectual figures produced by the Greeks (the other been Plato). He surveyed the whole field of human knowledge as it was known in the Mediterranean world in his day; and his writings long influenced Western and Muslim thought.” The New Encyclopedia Britannica, vol. 1, Micropaedia, 15th edition, p. 555
I have quoted from an encyclopedia, which is often defined as ‘volumes containing collections of human knowledge.’ You don’t argue with an encyclopedia, do you?
I answer that, as Africans, we have no choice but to argue and to contest, vigorously, many of the distorted information contain in these encyclopedia and other books. We should hold no sacred any book which is based on historical falsification and racial prejudice, however hallowed, praised and expensive – Encyclopedia Britannica is certainly is.
You will be adjudged CORRECT and RIGHT if you give the above answers in an examination. But actually, none of the answers are TRUE. Based on what we know of history, they are FALSE.
The greatest crime Europe committed against the world is the intellectual theft of Africa’s heritage. Empires could be stolen, whole countries snatched and named after pirates rapists and swindlers. Palaces and monumental edifices destroyed could be rebuild. But when you steal a people’s cultural patrimony, and used it to enslaved and insult them, you have committed unforgivable acts that border on the sacrilege.