Meta-reality and “One Love”
Meta-reality is a philosophy developed by Roy Bhaskar. Meta-reality is an “ontology”. Ontology is the examination of “reality” or “existence“.
An ontology can be viewed as the parts that make up “reality”.
For example, existing as a human being involves interactions with diverse people, cultures and places.
Another view of an ontology is a network and intersections of people, places and cultures.
The “One Love” ontology spread by Bob Marley aims to reduce human tensions around ‘race’, ‘gender’, ‘sexualities’ and ‘culture’. Bob’s ontology structured a world of peace , equality and harmony.
As noble as Bob’s goal is, from an Afrocentric perspective, Black people are still de-constructing colonial ontologies that include our identities.
De-constructing colonial ontologies involves confronting myths that claim that before colonialism, Africans were uncivilised savages, illiterate and lost without western ‘civilisation’.
It will still take time to de-construct these opinions of Africa.
The de-construction process inside the “One Love” ontology is difficult. This is because it is unfair to expect Africans to ignore our painful and glorious histories.
Accessing our pre-colonial past has an empowering effect in the lived experiences of African people. It helps us to envision a future free of poverty and corruption.
By studying our history and cultures from the ancient past, we address Marcus Garvey’s concern that:
“A people without a knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”.Marcus Garvey