When we come into to this world not a day goes by without our preoccupation of survival. We eat; we sleep; we grow. As we move forward in our life existence, very rarely do we transcend this survival mode. We continue striving for control. Control over our environment and control over the people in our environment. No matter how much material we have acquired or how much food lays before us, we still desire more and we still tend to over consume. It’s hard to believe that this philosophical approach was very foreign to our early African ancestors, who believed in harmonizing with each other and their environment. LIWI recognizes this to be true empowerment: the understanding that the human soul is neither separate nor distinct from creation and the One who has created. To ‘live this’ and ‘wear this’ is true empowerment.
Our survival instinct can be a means to freedom, but also the cause to our oppression. On the words of the great African scholar and historian, Dr. John Clarke, “only the oppressed can free themselves”, we the spiritually oppressed must harmonize with each other and all creation. History has shown, this universal harmony and balance is the foundation of all the great erudite civilizations of old.