Trade is an art! It’s a mastery of patience, meticulation, care, and the willingness to share with others. The creativity to engage with different cultures, nations, in order to bring forth balance, is at the very essence of trade. Furthermore, it is the performance of ensuring that resources, and Earth’s natural jewels, are being artistically designed to maneuver ongoing balance; throughout the Earth’s energies, life forms, and populations. In hindsight, trade should serve as a medicine, and as a therapy. Every deal and each exchange, should feel as if heavy burdens are being lifted. That humanity can breathe just a little easier. And, it is at this point, when one has witnessed the phenomenon of trade. It is when one has observed the myriad peaces of trade. For it is one of the most healing factors, associated with liberation of the human Spirit.
Achieving balance and harmony through mediation (and exchange) of resources, technology, culture, and digital information are holistic utensils. Even more importantly, it is the recognition of the myriad forms of humanity and how they are intersected (and interconnected) in the lives of each other.
At the 2018 Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo, Egypt (December 11-17, 2018), the aesthetics of intra-trade within the African Continent, was center stage. It was also complemented with external movement of China, Russia, the United States of America , and other nations, outside of the African Continent. Egypt had brought them together. Simultaneously, visitors, guests, and attendees, engaged in many paintings, and narratives, of trade artistry.
Towards the end of the trade fair, a very significant point, and statement, had been mentioned. Remembering it vividly, an Egyptian-Arab personnel mentioned that trade was the essence of peace. Of course the explaination is not verbatim, but it is similar and consistent with the very idea. Trade, in it’s holistic approach, produces peace. It is an entity, where humanity learns that they are not alone. Where nations and cultures (across race, religion, gender, class, national geography, tribal affiliation, age, and other variances of differentiation) are forced to reckon with the reality, that sharing is the only way to ensure the survival and continuation of human existence. This does not negate the reality of difference. Nor does it mean that one is to give up one’s cultural identity, preservation, and protection of heritage.
If anything, the phenomenon of trade, is to show the myriad varieties, of human existence, can merge into a unilateral circumference; at a given space, in a given time. What is the outcome? What are the infinite possibilities of trade’s shaping and designs, that can be made? It’s exciting and invigorating! To imagine the numerous solutions for the betterment of humanity-and all through an artistic exchange, called trade-is a realistic fantasy, worth exploring!
With financial institutions such as Afreximbank, and the financing of the fair by the Dangote Group (Nigeria), even finance reveals it’s own artful decor. How finance is used as a medium of balance (and surplus), reveals the natural authenticity of currency, and money, in general. Lastly, the resources of Earth’s treasures are no longer cheapened, when trade takes on a holistic approach. Oil, gas, copper, gold, diamonds, silver, and other treasures, are elevated as energy stabilizers. In addition to their aesthetical presence (i.e. their luster, geometry, color, and decor), they are connected to a greater energy of movement. They are natural resources. Healing the Earth is its first priority. How humans are able to emulate this purpose, and movement, remains to be the greatest challenge. Tedious? Yes. Enduring? Yes. Impossible? No!
One of the beauties of the Intra-African Trade Fair 2018, was meeting those special Spirits, who are passionate in performing the healing factor of trade. Those women and men, who recognized humanity in others; who naturally navigated towards other attendees, willing to do the work of making the harmony of trade. . .happen. Being from different nations didn’t stop them from engaging with each other. Coming from varied cultures, and tongues, didn’t prevent them from acknowledging each other. For those special people at 2018’s Intra-African Trade Fair, they truly knew what it was all about. They understood the real reason for why they had come. The support, and willingness to work towards harmony, was evident. In Black American, vernacular English terms: “I Gotch’ U!” There is nothing else to say after on. Even those of distant’s time were in attendance. And, they were a pleasant sight to see!
2020 is around the corner! It’s faster than what we may expect. One can only hope that the energy of those special Beings, will carry over into the next trade fair experience. Praying that more of these harmonious Spirits, of various and myriad cultures, will grace the city of Kigali (in Rwanda). And bringing with them, will be the many peaces of humanity, for a bountiful trade!