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Title:The Asili of Liberian Psychology
Author:Twe, Boikai S.
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:African identity
History and Exploration
Health and Nutrition
Abstract:Nature teaches that a nation is like a tree that grows from a small seed or 'asili' (the ideological core). It is the 'asili' that provides the life force of the nation like the roots that provide the life force of the tree. A unified 'asili' produces both positive and negative outcomes. This paper describes the imbalance within Liberia's 'asili'. The positive ideology of the Liberian 'asili' has been associated with its emerging African personality and its negative ideology continues to be associated with greed, tribalism and the uncritical acceptance of American values and institutions. The paper concludes that Liberians will have to change their ideology and choose to defend and develop their African personality in order to gain the maximum benefits of life through the perpetuation of African traditions and psychology. Ref.