UrBan Philosophy - What is it?

UrBan Philosophy is the modern adaptation of ancient African philosophy, the system of thought which was the foundation of every major and minor scientific and spiritual development throughout the world. UrBan Philosophy is a concept and system of analysis that redefines thought and recreates an ethical behavior code which is geared towards the transcendence of self, family, and community.  It began in 1997 as "Street Philosophy" which later evolved to its present title, "UrBan Philosophy" in 2000. Developed by the 1st UrBan Philosopher, Imhotep Fatiu, UrBan Philosophy was designed specifically for those living in the repressed conditions found in urban areas of the United States of America, but is also utilized by those outside of urban areas who are eager to understand how to master their thoughts and critical thinking.

Defining "UrBan Philosophy"

UrBan Philosophy takes a bold step in the reorientation of thought through defining its distinctive definition of urban. Capitalizing the first letter, "U" and the third letter, "B", indicates that this system and its philosophers are referring to the innovative, creative and revolutionary souls of Africans in America who live in industrial cities in America. These sites of the UrBan experience are commonly referred to today as: "the hood", "ghettos", "the projects", "slums", "neo-plantations", and "shantytowns" just to name a few.  UrBan Philosophers understand that to be "UrBan" is to be rebellious and revolutionary, non-traditional and non-conventional. To be UrBan is to be original!

Philosophy under the guise of UrBan Philosophy is the practice of wisdom. Whereas the traditional understanding of philosophy is static thought, lacking initiative, our concept teaches the practice of wisdom. Philosophy is reflection, conceptualizing, inquiry, thinking and doing. Philosophy as defined by this system involves consistently demonstrating wise behavior: thinking wise, speaking wise, and behaving wise. We understand that practice is crucial because wisdom cannot be taught; it must be learned through experience.

The Governance of UrBan Philosophy

UrBan Philosophy contains 36 Laws and 360 insights. The 36 laws of UrBan Philosophy are a set of guiding principles that regulate, guide and direct the practice. The first three laws are the foundation of UrBan Philosophy and the subsequent laws are a logical outgrowth therefrom.  The first three laws are:

  1. Creation is a conceptual design
  2. Concepts determines perception
  3. Power is a conceptual dynamic

UrBan Philosophical wisdom consists of 360 insights geared towards enlightenment, enhancing awareness, and sharpening perceptions. Its aim is to produce empowering thoughts to facilitate self empowerment. Here are a few:

  • 9th Insight:  Study the fool, the fool is a teacher too. He or she often teaches without knowing it.
  • 29th Insight:  Wherever you are, at any moment in time, is where you need to be to learn whatever lesson you need to learn.
  • 76th Insight:  Breaking you word damages you character
  • 77th Insight:  Character is important and a good name is honored. They complement one another; therefore, always strive to preserve the quality of them both.

5th LAW:  Consciousness is motion

Information and knowledge does not constitute consciousness. Consciousness is determined by the quality of our actions

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