Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts
Matter of Health
Health is far
more than the absence of sickness. It is the presence of balance.
It's easy for us to think of health in terms of vials, pills, or
even of exercise. But it is none of these things. Some may say it's
a healthy diet, but that doesn't ring true either.
neither tonics, nor pills, nor exercise, nor a healthy diet will
suffice if the source of those things the earth, the air,
the water is full of sickness.
We live in a world where thousands of lakes are pools of stagnant
death; where oceans spawn red tides, or toxic pools where fish will
drown for want of oxygen; where cities are bereft of trees and grass;
where earth is as barren as deserts; and where air is a conduit
of industrial poisons and pollutants.
In such a world,
how can we speak of health? What can it mean?
We must think
in a holistic fashion; of the whole, not the part.
To be truly
healthy, we must work for the restoration of our total world. The
restoration of our relationships; of our families; of our communities
and of the world in which we love, work and play.
We hear often
of 'women's health.' But how can women be healthy, if men are*un*-healthy?
And this time
is an unhealthy one for us all. It is hard to recall a time when
music or popular culture has been so anti-woman, so sexist, so misogynistic.
It's hard to recall a period of such sexual toxicity. But, this
too, for our mental health, must be healed.
And women our mothers, our sisters, our wives, our companions,
our daughters have tremendous potential social power to help
the first teachers of us all; as such, they can teach boys to love
and respect girls; and men to love and respect women.
Wives and lovers
know that their words can move men to great lengths. Women have
far more influence than they often acknowledge they should
Years ago, while
I was in Huntingdon Prison, I read a poll in a national paper that
measured the radical attitudes of Black men and women. Surprisingly
(probably not surprisingly to women!) the most radical, rebellious,
anti- establishment attitudes were among women by far.
They can move
men to fight harder against this system of sickness; to fight for
health; to fight for balance.
We must build
a holistic movement that strives for holistic balance; gender balance;
environmental balance; psychological balance; and yes - spiritual
This world in
which we dwell is one of imbalance; of runaway corporate ravaging
of the planet, to benefit a few.
of our Blessed Ancestor seems apropos. Sojourner Truth, in her
famous 1848 "Ain't I a Woman?" speech, spoke on the
power of women:
"If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to
turn the world upside down alone, these women together ought to
be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!"
Now, ain't that
the truth? Although she was speaking at a Women's Rights Conference
at Seneca Falls, N.Y.(where the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass
was the only man present) her words seem like they are speaking
to us now.
a sense, she was.
2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal
information and to order We Want Freedom, visit:
Check out Mumia's
"Faith of Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life
of African and African-American People" at www.africanworld.com
The Power of Truth
is Final Free Mumia!
International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ
P.O. Box 19709
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone - 215-476-8812/ Fax - 215-476-6180
E-mail - AND
OFFER YOUR SERVICES!
Send our brotha
some LOVE and LIGHT at:
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370
WE WHO BELIEVE
IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!!
© copyright 2003 by Mumia Abu-Jamal.
All rights reserved.
Reprinted by permission of the author.