By Zulumathabo Zulu © 2015
Dimakatso Discourse – Part 3
Enter Dimakatso discourse with the creator. Her unstoppable mission, to get to know her creator and the design purpose. She has learnt a lot in her previous conversations with the creator. The creator is equally surprised at such a persevering sense of wanting to know the ontology of existence. The conversation with the creator is already in progress.
Dimakatso: My supreme creator, you shall forever be cherished by me. Since affording me the platform to address you, I have become a liberated being. Leha re tsamaya re haellwa hotse ding feela mosa wa hao oya kgatholla (Sesotho: Albeit our shortcomings from time to time, your kindness is refreshing). Moreover, you are not such an ideologue or vengeful creator as I thought you might be. I am still amazed that you do not carry out swift punishment against those who do not have an epistemic access to the cardinality of creation. Thokoza makhosi amakhulu! Vukani madlozi amakhulu vukani! Imigomo emisha yolwazi mayivuleke! Makubenjalo kuze kube naphakade (isiZulu : Praise to the immense gods! Arise the great ancestors arise! May the frontiers of new knowledge be opened; to infinity).
Tlatlamacholo! Mmupi emotle! (Tlatlamacholo! The beautiful creator!). Hereby, to exhale after being restrained and stifled by the brutal chains of those who sought to subjugate us in the land of the ancestors. We shake off those chains from our minds! Never more to chafe under mental chains. Thokoza makhosi! The greatest tragedy is losing one’s destiny to others. I vow to preserve my destiny and that of my people. Like you said, we were designed to be masters of our own destiny. We cannot blame others for our lack of economic destiny. We must agitate for our freedom in order to regain our destiny. From this day forward, we want to learn more about you so that we can pay deserved tribute to you. We have some questions in our great attempt to extend the frontiers of knowledge.
The Creator: (interjecting) Dimakatso, may others like you and your people realize that you are most valuable in the eyes of the creator. If you regain your destiny, it is the most shining achievement in your existence. We [the creators] consider it to be a fundamental design purpose that when you direct your destiny we [the creators] have attained the most important success in the life of our creation. Everything else will flow from that. In your reference to the chains of foreign occupation, it is gratifying to note that you are not sitting on your laurels and assigning blame to others. This kind of progressive mindset is a keystone in the great struggle to regain your lost destiny. We cannot interfere on your behalf but we can empower you to reclaim what is rightfully yours.
Dimakatso: I resonate with your preamble. You have unequivocally stated that a human being, along with other animals, was designed to be a master of her destiny. There are lots of questions around that design goal. Let’s take this piece by piece.
What does it mean to be a master of one’s destiny?
The Creator: To be a master of your own destiny is to be an architect of your own fortune. This requires that the organism be directed by an immutable philosophical mindset with respect to VMC (vision, mechanism, cosmos). A VMC directed destiny is part of a sacred triangle premised on numerical logic, moral code and cosmic knowledge. You must be informed, directed and enlightened by the stars of your ancestors. If you lose the cosmic knowledge of those who have gone before you then you become disconnected from that destiny. This would constitute a tragic loss with respect to your genesis from the cosmos.
Dimakatso: Are you saying that as a master of my destiny, I must be directed by the cosmos?
The Creator: You must take a page from the cosmos; you must be directed by the heavens just like a desert flower that has an ethical sense of higher purpose by looking into the heavens for direction with respect to the falling rain. When the rains fall, the flower bursts into beautiful petals because the future has arrived. The flower dances in the rain while internalizing the rain that falls. Once the rain is internalized, the flower will continue to thrive even after the rain is long gone.
Dimakatso: I have observed the incredible resilience of the desert flower. As a resident in a desert town, I have always gone to the desert to observe the unblemished beauty of the great desert flower you refer to. As your creation, we are thankful for that cosmic insight. Moving forward, you refer to an immutable philosophical mindset and the three parts of destiny. That is heavy! Does immutable mean unchanging? Does it mean that destiny cannot be changed? Doesn’t that make us prisoners of destiny?
The Creator: You are not and cannot be a prisoner of destiny because you are not designed that way. Immutable underscores the fact that there is a degree of constancy with respect to destiny. That constancy must be honoured and preserved. If you are on a path to some destination, the path has to have some constancy, consistency and direction to take you somewhere even though the graphical sequence of the path may vary along the way. The twists and turns of the path are the small changes but in the big scheme of things the path is directed. The path is non-linear but its purpose is and must remain immutable. Thus destiny is like a path that is continually taking you somewhere.
For this reason, you are not a prisoner of destiny. You direct your own destiny through your actions [behaviour outputs]. This is why you must choose your actions well and consider the outcomes at all times. Some actions bring you closer to your destiny while others separate you from your destiny. Your actions can be a force for good in the grand scheme of things.
Dimakatso: Let’s discuss the three parts of destiny namely.
The Creator: What about the three parts?
Dimakatso: What role does vision play in destiny?
The Creator: Vision is your single most important part of destiny. This is a philosophical statement about destiny. It is about where you want to go and where you are motivated to go. However, the vision must be generic enough to flex in accordance with the graphical sequence of the path of destiny. There are several parts to vision but the most important part is metaknowledge.
Dimakatso: What is and why is metaknowledge important?
The Creator: Metaknowledge is a strategic knowledge. This is knowledge about knowledge. The analytical output of Metaknowledge is knowledge. In other words, Metaknowledge is the superset and knowledge is the subset of the superset. Metaknowledge is extremely important because it connects the organism to the higher purpose [the cosmos]. The organism needs to transcend material conditions so that it is not defined or bracketed by material or adverse conditions. Metaknowledge facilitates the necessary philosophical transcendence.
Dimakatso: What about mechanism?
The Creator: The mechanism is about how destiny is realized. Mechanism enables, precipitates or triggers destiny. The mechanism of destiny can present itself in the form of chance [probabilistic causality], providence [stochastic causality] or the will of the gods [deterministic causality]. The organism needs to have an instinctive grasp of destiny and the mechanism that facilitates that.
Dimakatso: What about the cosmos and why is that important?
The Creator: The cosmos is the most important of all. Your ancestors trace their genesis to the cosmos. They originate from the stars. They are native to Mokgubu Wa Kganare (The galactic core). It is the cosmos that controls and directs your destiny. The ancient Basotho celebrated the axiom Tosa le Madinyana a Yona (Jupiter and her youngs). The youngs refer to the moons of Jupiter. It is correct that some of the moons of Jupiter are baby moons. This confirms the cosmic genesis of your erudite ancestors.
You must understand and espouse the cosmos in order to have a good destiny. Sometimes, the organism gets dazzled by the mirages of literal existence and begins to think that there is nothing out there other than the materials but this is absolutely misguided. The organism must seek the cosmos and the metaknowledge and destiny will be restored back into the rightful hands of the organism. This metaknowledge has the potential to maximize the survival experience of the organism while moving in the right direction.
It is noteworthy that destiny abhors vacuum and inertia. You must occupy your space in order to displace the vacuum space. Destiny is also about movement in a certain direction. You cannot be neutral or sit on the fence. You must take a stand on the side of destiny. You must engender movement. This movement must be periodically reviewed and adjusted accordingly. This movement cannot be on a cruise control. The organism must personally ensure that the rate of change with respect to movement is consistent with the vision, the numerical logic, the moral code and the cosmos.
Dimakatso: This has been an enlightening discourse my creator. I shall take a page from this discourse. I shall share with my fellow humans about these sacred and paradigm shifting teachings. You shall forever be sanctified by me and others.
Dimakatso was greatly enlightened and heartened in this discourse. She resolved to pursue this idea of being a master of her destiny. She went all out to understand the essence of being an architect of one’s destiny. She returned to the military academy to reflect more on how she was going to shake off the effects of being restrained and stifled by many years of brutal chains of hegemonic rule.