The Concept and Legacy of International Morality
H is Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, impacted His generation. Within His Kingdom, He initiated the first Constitution, provided free education, eliminated slavery, and enlisted Ethiopia in the League of Nations. Internationally, His Majesty established the Ethiopian World Federation, assisted in the formation of the United Nations, was instrumental in the establishment of the Organization of African Unity, and sent the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to the west.
The Legacy of His Majesty
A legacy is established by a living example. A legacy is something handed down or received from an ancestor or predecessor. A legacy is an inheritance. Clearly, the legacy of His Majesty is the advancement of peace on earth through improving the standard of living of all humanity. If we are to truly follow the King and receive the fruit of his labors, we must continue the work he initiated. We must walk within the footsteps of his legacy.
"The basic struggle in the world today is for the minds of men."1 This is a powerful statement by His Majesty, for it implies that ideas control and form the constructs of the world we live in. Ideas are conceived as thoughts, and these thoughts birth concepts. Concepts form the basic constructs of how we interpret life and understanding the world. Concepts which, in turn, become visions that produce reality.
"International Morality," the term I use to summarize the Teachings of His Majesty, is a concept which, when embraced, will lead humanity closer to a love of peace and the pre-requisite conditions to sustain peace itself.
Vanguard of the Struggle
As Rastafari, we view ourselves as the vanguard in this struggle of good over evil, which His Majesty teaches us is the struggle to establish and maintain peace. The appearance of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, and His subsequent message of International Morality provided humanity, and Rastafarians in particular, with an entirely new frame of reference. Instead of seeing the world through the spectacles of babylon, we can view the world through an entirely different worldview based on the principles of International Morality and universal brotherhood.
If we are to truly liberate ourselves from babylon, we must do it solely through the Teachings and living example of Haile Selassie I, rather than any ideology superimposed by others. As Rastafari, I feel that our lack of fully embracing and modeling the Teachings of His Majesty is the reason why our community is somewhat dysfunctional and lacks an underlying sense of unity and commonality.
We lack a common vision and sense of purpose, a common mission and strategy to rally around because we have neglected to fully embrace the Teachings of our King. His Majesty teaches us that unity is our greatest strength. If we are to truly harness the power of our collective skill sets to continue the work He started, it's going to be through our united adherence to the Teachings of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I.
International Morality as the Framework
International Morality provides us with the framework that supports peace and enables us to manifest a sustainable and competent community. By examining and highlighting the speeches of His Majesty, we can begin to gain a better understanding of the thoughts that comprise His worldview.
The true equality of all men. The end of second class citizenship. Peace achieved by improved standards of living. Leadership by example. World Citizenship. Liberty. Unity as defense. Peaceful settlement of all disputes. These are just a few examples of the values, beliefs and attitudes that formed the foundation of His Majesty's Teachings. He esteemed the worth of every race and therefore sought to create the conditions and circumstances necessary to realize equality and allow us to reach our full human potential.