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How Monetary Currency instituted mendicancy?

Posted on November 9, 2010

Since mankind shifted from a barter economy to dealing with currencies, societies turned steadily and consistently away from production to a specie of mendicants.

In the barter trade, every individual in the tribe, clan, women, men, and children had a special task to support the survival of the tribe. 

Once a member is entirely incapacitated to be a productive entity in the order of the small community, or unable to get moving at a regular pace with the tribe to better seasonal greener pastures then, the member was relocated to a shady place near a source of water to tend to his peaceful death a “paradise for the old spirits“.

Most probably, a core of compassionate individuals delegated their services to aiding these old spirits as best they could.   They extracted from these elders oral stories of myths and traditional laws of conduct.

Transmitters of oral teaching and education are called “marabout” or “grios” in Africa:  They have been transmitting the oral spiritual traditions of communities around bonfires.

A few of them decided to institute religions, based on the captured myths told about the creation of the universe and what happen to the souls after death; until the written languages codified the sacred religious knowledge within the sacerdotal classes.

Currently, old people are still Not that scared of death: Just fearing a state of lack of liquid currency, lest they are forced to beg to staying alive.

They are Not afraid of dying of hunger:  Just apprehensive that no aides will come, unless they have to beg.

After years of toils and unconditional disposition to raise a family, sending them to universities, marrying their offspring, and distributing properties to their married children, old parents are dragging their arthritic feet as best they can and feeling ashamed to ask for small money.

I am witnessing a grandmother, wrecked with arthritis, barely able to shift its body during sleep, and having to do dishes, sweep, do laundry, preparing jams for the winter season, and even cook for her married daughter with six children, many of these children are way over 25 years of age.

I am witnessing a grandfather, having difficulty getting in a car and thus, deciding to stay home, dragging his feet three flats up in order to replenish water in the water tanks on the roof:  He had plenty of reasons not to trust automatic systems and the damage they did when they failed.

Old people are worried that their children will not make it in this new harsh world: They were not adequately trained to fending for their survival.

Old people without any social covering are waiting to die in pain and hopelessness.

Old people of the middle and upper classes, with health coverage, are willing to undergo heart surgery at the age of 80, only to survive three lousy months in pain and suffering.

I am pretty sure they were warned by surgeons of the humiliating conditions they will suffer, but sacrifice is forgotten at a senile age.

We beg for food and pocket-money, though we are entitled to vote, to drive expensive cars, to join armies, and to kill for “motherland”.

We beg for better grades; we beg for jobs; we beg for a raise; we lick asses to keep our jobs; we forget morality and ethical conducts and obey the boss; we claim that we are skilled survivors.

There was a time, still as valid now as ever, when materially fallen noblemen, had priority over the most disinherited people for the money collected in churches.

Poor Noblemen had to be secured firstlest the social structure disintegrates and chaos reign supreme.

Multinational financial institutions have to get first help:  They worked so hard to bilk people out of their earned money.

Multinational do Not beg: They demand their rights as knights and barons of the establishment.

The verb to “beg” was created for the poor people and it does not apply to the rich barons of industries who demand their rights to financial aids:  They invented the social and economic structure for the begging citizens.

We are effective beggars: we keep the mask of revolting against mendicant behaviors.

Wild animals and pets search for a shady and isolated place to die when the time approach:  They refuse further unnecessary suffering and pain.

They leave the company of the tribe:  They cannot expect the community to feed them; this is contrary to the nature of the specie.  Mankind is willing to beg mercilessly and assiduously to the last moment.

Millions of kids faking work, selling chewing gum on streets for a loaf of bread.  

Millions playing the meditative game, so that their collective spirits in prayers will bring about world peace, in exchange of one daily meal.

Billion of people are producing nothing.

They are the ones who cannot teach art but expose the results of art.

They cannot teach how to make shoes, but display instead varieties of shoes for you to select from.

The shopkeepers, working a lifetime in a box, collaborating with wholesalers, quickly turning over products in warehouses.

Engineers, supposedly trained to design products and services and ending up working salesperson.

Engineers  are hired to selling products and services, thinking that they can extend the illusion to consumers that they know something about the product or engineering practices.

It never crosses the mind of this engineer to make the effort of “re-designing” the product/system he is selling.

Sales people selling whatever there is to sell, uttering big technical terminologies: they have no ideas what these words mean.

Lawyers, shuffling papers and documents, bilking people, communicating with the lawyer of the other party, hammering out settlements, because they were Not trained or lack the talent to defend clients in courts.

Teams upon teams of “hygiene engineers” cleaning offices, gathering trash, vacuuming,  and then collecting garbage.

The lower middle class, learning technical skills, working around conveyor belts, assembling consumer products and canned food.

Now and then, facilitating modern lifestyle by updating plumbing and electrical systems:  running water, ready electrical power, and automatic appliances that were meant to liberating essential time for a real productive life, but falling short on target.

Who are the producers?  

They are the peasants in remote areas, no one paying them a visit, except wholesalers at harvest time.

Millions working in sweat shop factories:  the modern sacrificial lambs targeted to die at young age for disastrous workplace conditions.

Millions working in underground tunnels, extracting raw materials, trapped in worse conditions than taupe.

Millions working in open grounds, extracting raw materials, dying young, in polluted environment, for their daily meals.

If those are the people producing something then, how come so many trillions of dollar-kind money have been accumulated?

Trillions being talk about like we are meaning billions of dollars.

The world is currently  posting $60 trillion GNP per year; $15 trillion are saved by the “poorer” developing States so that multinational financial institutions move the surplus to the “powerful” States to maintain their higher standards of living.

The financial institutions cut out their commissions for facilitating the transfer of money from the poor people to the “richer” people maintaining high State indebtedness.

Last century, people were producing.  

In this century, worthless paper money are being printed, shifted, transacted, and transferred around as valuable earning: Fictitious wealth backed by the power of aircraft carriers and lethal killing equipment.

Millions of “men of war” in 200 official armies, begging for their daily meals in exchange for killing their own kinds, fighting for the “fatherland”.  

Millions of men of war enlisted in militia organizations fighting for the honor of the tribe, the trampled dignity of a local  leader, a religious cleric.

There was a long period in mankind history, tribes going on razzias expeditions against richer tribes and rounding up livestock.  Tribes expected razzias: They were meant for survival purposes under harsh conditions.

In the last three centuries, razzias on grand scale, are directed for pure greed.

Mankind: a specie of mendicants, with no dignity and no shame.

A specie that convinced itself that life is precious, even if they are totally worthless to producing anything spiritual.

Compassion is meant to help the abler body.

A specie toiling a lifetime not producing a dime’s worth;  unable to write an article, even an illegible one.

A specie no longer worth surviving.

 Individual World Poetry Slam Championship

I was walking down the street when a man stopped me and said,
Hey yo sistah, you from the motherland?
Because my skin is a shade too deep not to have come from foreign soil
Because this garment on my head screams Africa
Because my body is a beacon calling everybody to come flock to the motherland
I said, I’m Sudanese, why?
He says, ‘cause you got a little bit of flavor in you,
I’m just admiring what your mama gave you
Let me tell you something about my mama
She can reduce a man to tattered flesh without so much as blinking
Her words fester beneath your skin and the whole time,
You won’t be able to stop cradling her eyes.
My mama is a woman, flawless and formidable in the same step.
Woman walks into a warzone and has warriors cowering at her feet
My mama carries all of us in her body,
on her face, in her blood and
Blood is no good once you let it loose
So she always holds us close.
When I was 7, she cradled bullets in the billows of her robes.
That same night, she taught me how to get gunpowder out of cotton with a bar of soap.
Years later when the soldiers held her at gunpoint and asked her who she was
She said, I am a daughter of Adam, I am a woman, who the hell are you?
The last time we went home, we watched our village burn,
Soldiers pouring blood from civilian skulls
As if they too could turn water into wine.
They stole the ground beneath our feet.
The woman who raised me
turned and said, don’t be scared
I’m your mother, I’m here, I won’t let them through.
My mama gave me conviction.
Women like her
Inherit tired eyes,
Bruised wrists and titanium plated spines.
The daughters of widows wearing the wings of amputees
Carry countries between their shoulder blades.
I’m not saying dating is a first world problem, but these trifling moterfuckers seem to be.
The kind who’ll quote Rumi, but not know what he sacrificed for war.
Who’ll fawn over Lupita, but turn their racial filters on.
Who’ll take their politics with a latte when I take mine with tear gas.
Every guy I meet wants to be my introduction to the dark side,
Wants me to open up this obsidian skin and let them read every tearful page,
Because what survivor hasn’t had her struggle made spectacle?
Don’t talk about the motherland unless you know that being from Africa
means waking up an afterthought in this country.
Don’t talk about my flavor unless you know that
My flavor is insurrection, it is rebellion, resistance
my flavor is mutiny
It is burden, it is grit and it is compromise
And you don’t know compromise until you’ve rebuilt your home for the third time
Without bricks, without mortar, without any other option
I turned to the man and said,
My mother and I can’t walk the streets alone back home any more.
Back home, there are no streets to walk any more.”

Yale senior wins the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship
The stage was set for Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud ’16 at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship (iWPS).

Newer poems



Time for Remembrance; (Re-edited, July 28, 2009)

I visited my “Motherland” once; (July 30, 2009)

Much effort to build a nest; I created my Island; (August 1, 2009)

And now, be warned, I fire; (August 3, 2009)


No matter, with a little talent… (August 20, 2009)

 Romancing the Fatherland, Motherland, and God land (Written on December 15, 2007)

The concepts of the 19th century sociologist Hans Kuhn affected the ideologies of many political parties with his theory and explanation of what constitute a Nation.  Kuhn’s main premise was that people of common origins had to form a State because their “fundamental internal reality” cannot be affected by the social environment and surroundings in foreign lands.

Hans Kuhn was a German Zionist and was implicitly building the framework for providing a rationale for inventing a State for the Jewish Diaspora.   Unfortunately, the Nazi also loved this comprehensive theory for claiming the lands wherever people of German origins had any majority concentration in Europe in the name of the Motherland.

The concept of Kuhn’s, for what can be termed a Fatherland, is very ancient and goes as far back as the State-Cities that the Kanaanean civilization built around the Mediterranean Sea, like Tyre, Sidon, Byblos, Carthage…

This mercantile and sea faring people built commercial “comptoires” or trading posts all over the Mediterranean Sea coasts to facilitate the exchange of goods with the indigents.

The trading posts were attached to their respective mother City-State, and the communities in these trading posts carried with them their Gods and traditions and ceremonies, but never ventured very much inland to spread their civilization and mingle with the indigents.

Even mighty Carthage was a vassal to the king of Tyre until Alexander the Greek completely destroyed Tyre. This behavior of keeping to themselves and attaching their trading posts to a mother City-State is commonly termed the “Kanaanean Sin” or “Phoenician Guilt”.

The same behavior was adopted by the European colonial powers; everytime they opened a trading post then the whole county belonged to their respective King or Queen.

Whenever the golden feet of the scum of their scum citizens trampled a land then the land was automatically attached as property to their King or Queen.

Recently, whenever the USA companies signed a contract to explore for oil or for exploiting an equatorial rain forest then the whole country becomes a strategic outpost for America.

The Jewish sin is almost a carbon copy of the “Kanaanean Sin” with the difference that the Jews never had trading posts, but considered that the land occupied by a branch of their twelve tribes to be the land offered to them by their God Jehovah.  Actually, the Jews were recent comers to Palestine and most of the time, except in the land surrounding Jerusalem and called Judea, they adopted the Kananean culture and tradition and even Gods.

Consequently, the Jews also carried their Gods and traditions with them as they assimilated the Phoenician traditions and kept close-knit Bedouin communities wherever they settled.

So many international wars were waged in the name of liberty, democracy, and freedom or for preserving the Western culture when the real reason was protecting their colonial outposts for their exclusive exploitation and exclusive commercial trades.  In a way, it was the European citizens’ consensus to be the subjects of divine monarchs, residing in  City-States called Capitals, that lead the colonial powers to claim lands as properties for their monarchs and then to considering the indigents as slave prisoners to be exploited and sold at will as during razzias.

I doubt very much that a common language was a major factor for European nationalism since education to read and write the central language, as practiced in the capitals, in say London or Paris, was not widespread or appreciated until a century ago and the dialects were many and very different within the districts and still are.

European nationalism was a concept forced upon the populations by intellectuals and businessmen to rally people around a pragmatic and utilitarian entity to compete among other neighboring States.

A mother language was forced under pressure, by having it required exclusively in the civil services and for teaching in public schools.

The single major factor that superimposed the concept of Fatherland was war:

Frequent wars among the European monarchs, the flood of blood shed and shared miseries against targeted enemies and millions under the flags, which united the people under a unique banner and opened the gate for colonialism.

The Napoleonic wars to unify Europe in a new ideology of liberty, freedom and equality had the contrary result of uniting the attacked people to regroup under their monarchs.

The USA kept its coherence by constant expansion wars in their continents and attaching the conquered lands to the central government; the main cause for the civil war in the USA was fundamentally to preserve the prerogatives of the central government in the City-State called Washington DC to form and lead armies, and to print the currency…

The underdeveloped countries are emulating the same process to unite by frequent wars and raising animosities with their neighboring States.

The difference between the European wars and the wars among the underdeveloped States is that wars in Europe were catalyst to developing their own industries and for inventing and producing their own instruments for waging wars and not by importing arms and ammunition from outside.

Wars among the European States were catalyst for change in education, in civil laws, and in opening opportunities that were exclusive to specific classes.

Wars in underdeveloped States are ultimately subdividing the citizens into clans, tribes and castes within the States admitted in the United Nations.

Many pundits claim that the USA has a robust sense of patriotism because they fold around their President when he goes to war; I beg to differ on this notion of patriotism.

Millions of wretched Americans that are jobless grab a war opportunity to get hired in the many jobs opening that wars generate, and essentially as fresh recruits from the underprivileged and immigrants who seek a form of naturalization.

A few months after Bush declared victory and when things started to run amuck in Iraq the Pentagon was unable to recruit anymore and the dirty job was subcontracted to Blackwater, a paramilitary organization, to recruit mercenaries from all over the world to assure security for the civil and public departments in Iraq and to perpetrate terrorist activities.

Whatever patriotism that superpowers have it cannot be but a chauvinistic and aggrandizement mythological belief.

The worst part in the USA notion of patriotism is that the governing institutions have applied the militarist methodology to paralyzing any spiritual thinking, and thus trying to eliminate the fundamental element in individuality.  The USA citizens are forced to compete relentlessly for money as a sign of success; only the educated older citizens who are comfortably on retirement might indulge in a spiritual life, in reading poetry and acquiring artistic culture and then claim their individuality.

 La Patrie, Al Watan, Al Kawmiya, Motherland, or Fatherland is certainly a piece of land with a live language; more importantly it is of active communities fairly represented with independent budgets and working for a set of ideals, preferably liberty from oppression and injustice, freedom of choices and expressions, opportunities to grow, be self sufficient to make individual decisions, behave to be happy and take responsibilities; but most importantly to have dreams and longing for a satisfying and sustainable future, ideals worth struggling and dying for.

The Motherland is the center that emanates hope, bonds of comprehension and a listening ear for all as equals in potentials, in human rights, and in the application of the golden rule “Do to others and behave accordingly as you like others to reciprocate”.

The Motherland is not about the past: the past is gone and our present status should reflect how we made use of our past heritage and how it influenced our development.

The Motherland is about how our current set of ideals is applied and what ideals we should strive for, individually and collectively.

The Motherland is fundamentally the extent of aspiration for renewal that we can entrust in our communities if we actively struggle to realize our ideals.

A basic rule for a healthy Motherland is that if we opt for the concept that the mind must reign supreme, then we also has to let mysticism be the counselor. If poetry is ultimately the guiding rod then let the mind be the controller.

The Motherland should be a beacon for the weary travelers seeking light out of ignorance and rest from irrational injustices, a shelter to all to recharge and replenish their soul with hope and expectations for a better life.

The Motherland is land, poetry, free men and spirit.

The Motherland is the vaster community that instilled its culture in the growing adolescent and provided him with the genuine social tools of his trade such as the language and its subtle meanings, rhythms, flavor, cadences and implicit emotions and the communication varieties to keeping relationships lively and enduring.

After the valiant fights to preserving the land and a modicum of self-determination and acquiring the tools for spiritual survival, then I tend to agree with Jean Genet that grown up citizens have the right to “throw the Motherland out the window” without regret, if they decide to expand their spiritual horizons; which means never succumb to apathy in the struggle for human rights and dignity no mater which environment they opted to settle in.




January 2023

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