|By Linda Jones
the data being flooded via the Media and forced on us by the Internet, etc. --- it’s
easy to lose sight of the small things that are detrimental to our day-to-day lives ---
and the well being of our families.
One of those little things is our individual name.
How often we forget the importance of the names we are
given at birth. If you are a descendant of slaves, your sir name was chosen by who owned
your family and your first name was given to you based on who your parents were friends
with at the time of your birth --- or you are stuck with carrying on --- into another
generation --- the names of your father and grandfather --- who was and is a child of
In a time where we are supposed to be so enlightened, we
are still not being taught the importance of a name. Why?
Tribes is a very innovative book --- written by Dr. Neeta Blair. It traces the
importance of names back to Biblical times –– where the name of an individual
governed his or her behavior.
If we take a peek at our so-called modern day society
–– we can easily see why gang members choose with care the name of their gang.
The name they choose must make a statement about who they are and what they are capable of
doing. One can see by this example, why care should be given when choosing a name for a
Tribes should be given as a gift to young adults, right
along with the Bible --- so that they can see the importance of breaking the chains that
Tribes is very easy to understand and was written on a
seventh and eighth grade reading level.
It’s about time we look back at what works --- and
apply it to our day-to-day lives. What we call our children is most likely what he or she
Tribes will guide you in breaking the modes of abuse
when it comes to naming your beloved child. It will also give you hope for a more
successful life --- by taking you back to the basic --- your name.
So if you haven’t read the book --- Tribes Scouting in the Promised Land --- stop right now and put it on your must do list. Because the
promised land is here and now and each of us is a member of the tribe.