Deep Thoughts

by zunguzungu


“…what was, in the beginning, merely a false assumption, becomes a reality. Men create the world in which they live by the methods they use to interpret it.”
— Richard Wright, Black Power

“Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a mountain on the brains of the living….”
— Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon

“The invented traditions imported from Europe not only provided whites with models of command but also offered many Africans’ models of ‘modern’ behaviour. The invented traditions of African societies – whether invented by the Europeans or by Africans themselves in response – distorted the past but became in themselves realities through which a good deal of colonial encounter was expressed.”
–Terence Ranger, “The Invention of Tradition in Colonial Africa”