In the Know: with Papa Robbie
There is an old proverb that says “There is no shame in not knowing, the shame lies in not finding out”. I happened to hear the “Accidental Racist” song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J and after hearing LL’s lyrics I must say that they obviously don’t really know and SERIOUSLY need to find out. Not only is the song misguided, it’s really BAD (not like LL Cool J “Bad” but diarrhea on a ferris wheel bad).
In a horrid attempt at showing a conversation between a southern white man and a Black “yankee” on race relations through song, LL drops the damn ball with lyrics like "You don't judge my gold chains/I'll forget the iron chains," and “RIP Robert E. Lee”. SAY WHAT??? Brad Paisley wants to be able to rock his Confederate flag without being labeled as a racist. Good luck buddy, considering the sordid history of the Confederacy/American Slavery and the KKK which all have the same “DNA”. Go listen to it for yourself, but be warned that you’ll never get those 6 minutes back.
Papa Robbbie? Who is that you may ask, well, let me tell you...He is the tower of power, the man of the hour...220 lbs of screamin' steel with mass appeal...the ladies pet, the men's regret, what you see is is what you get and what you don't see is better yet, the reflection of perfection the number one selection...that's who he is. Native of Charleston, SC and fellow Gamecock (yes, don't hate :)., he is a husband, a father, a force to rekon with on the microphone, and a man of much intellect. So get ready because he is going to bring you food for thought each week. So get ready to be educated, laugh, and fuss right along with him when you read his upcoming posts in the LaJule Chronicles.
What's Your Emotional IQ (EQ...Emotional Quotient) ??
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. Emotional intelligence impacts many different aspects of your daily life, such as the way you behave and the way you interact with others.
If you have a high emotional intelligence you are able to recognize your own emotional state and the emotional states of others and engage with people in a way that draws them to you. You can use this understanding of emotions to relate better to other people, form healthier relationships, achieve greater success at work, and lead a more fulfilling life.
Emotional intelligence consists of four attributes:
Self-awareness -- You recognize your own emotions and how they affect your thoughts and behavior, know your strengths and weaknesses, and have self-confidence.
Self-management – You’re able to control impulsive feelings and behaviors, manage your emotions in healthy ways, take initiative, follow through on commitments, and adapt to changing circumstances.
Social awareness – You can understand the emotions, needs, and concerns of other people, pick up on emotional cues, feel comfortable socially, and recognize the power dynamics in a group or organization.
Relationship management – You know how to develop and maintain good relationships, communicate clearly, inspire and influence others, work well in a team, and manage conflict.
Ok, after reading that information most people start going inward and thinking about their own EQs or the lack thereof. Let's be honest with ourselves. Many of us lack impulse control (this takes some of us more time than others). In our brains, the frontal lobe governs the ability to recognize future consequences resulting from current actions. Our frontal lobe helps us to suppress socially unacceptable responses. In most humans, the frontal lobe isn't fully developed until about age 25. Think about that...that explains a whole lot for some of us.
What is your emotional intelligence? The higher the EQ, the more successful the person.
Take an EQ test here http://www.maetrix.com.au/meit/eitest.html
Let the journey to self-development begin!!
Papa Robbie is an educator, reggae artist, husband, father, and full time narcissist.
Papa Robbie’s List Of Declarations (Opinions)
In the tradition of the great David Letterman, I’ve decided to compile a list. My list consists of various opinions (some popular, some not) of mine.
- People should have to get a license to have a kid.
- Men are for the most part just as sensitive as women but have a more difficult time processing it because of societal pressure.
- Polygamy is more morally sound than a man not married to several women and reproducing with them.
- Most humans are illogical.
- Modern technology has dumbed many of us down.
- Religious zealots are the most insecure people that I’ve ever met.
- Spelling and grammar matter.
- Truth is subjective and facts change.
- People generally operate from four fears (being belittled, being abandoned, being dominated, being ignored)
- Women are socialized to hate each other.
- Women who crave diamonds make me cringe. Diamonds are not a scarce as they would like for us to believe….and there are many gems that are more beautiful/unique and scarce.
- People who call others “haters” for criticizing something lack emotional range and critical thinking skills.
- Instead of focusing on how smart kids are, we should think about HOW they’re smart.
- A man knows what type of woman he would marry even if he doesn’t consciously know it.
- They lip-synch on American Idol
- Condoms don’t totally protect you from EVERY STD.
- Not everyone that doesn’t like you is jealous of you.
- Music is energy.
- Rationalization is more addictive than crack.
- You teach people how to treat you. They will only do what you allow.