African Diaspora Education Eye on poverty Hope Staff Writer  

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“.

Above is an ontology developed by OE for a course he instructs.

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.

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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.

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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