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RY VIP Another assumption of the traditional Western model or conceptualization ofthe normal human being that guides research i\:;. \4 activity is the idea that what is real or knowable is material, quantifiable and directly observable. As observed by McGhee and Clark (1973), Clark, et als (1976), and many others, Western ( "man" has all but lost "his" sense of spiritual and non-material ) l 3~ f Akbar Papel~' ill A/i'icG/1 Psychology reality. In the light of this epistemology it becomes clear why Western thinkers, consistently equate material affluence and technological opulence with strong social and cultural development.
In taking as one's own the collective and social history of one's people, one in turn, realizes that his "self' is not contained only in his physical presence in finite time. The twin notions of interdependence and oneness of being allows for a conception of self, which transcends, through the historical consciousness of one's people, the finiteness of both Newtonian space and time. Self-awareness is not therefore limited to just the cognitive awareness of one's uniqueness, individuality and historical finiteness (as in the Euro-American tradition).
Hence, to be is to be what you are because of your historical past as well as what you anticipate to be your historiGal future. In recognizing the historical grounding of one's being, one has also to accept the collective and social sense of one's history. In taking as one's own the collective and social history of one's people, one in turn, realizes that his "self' is not contained only in his physical presence in finite time. The twin notions of interdependence and oneness of being allows for a conception of self, which transcends, through the historical consciousness of one's people, the finiteness of both Newtonian space and time.
Akbar Papers in African Psychology by Na'im Akbar