Rastafarianism is to Africa as Judaism and Catholicism is to the middle east and then spread across the globe: "WE are the chosen people."
What does it mean to be chosen? Every major religion has a prophet or ten and how is one to make sense of all these different religions when each one claims they are the correct and only one worth choosing? ('m not saying this from an atheist point-of-view, btw. I am not atheist.)
And why would the Divine obliquely leave the other 95% of the human species out of his Special Book if he/she/it did indeed have a special chosen group of people? Isn't that cruel? Why would you want to have anything to do with such a spiritual concept?
It just smacks of elitism, is my point.
I watched this kick ass vid the other day of this natty haired guy who, at the very end of the video where it had nothing at all to do with the vid topic, posted "Black Power. Yes, I said it." Just what the hell is that supposed to convey?! I'm watching you make a to die for vegan salad in front of your camera (YUM!) and then... "Black Power!" ??!!
Saying White Power is just as hurtful and bigoted as saying Black Power. I was really liking this YouTuber until I saw the last frame in that vid. That was a major turn off, no matter how nice the guy was.
I didn't have to read very much about Rastafarianism before I realized that it is just as EXclusive as any of the other major religions. INclusivity is what humanity needs. I prefer gnosis with a hands-on approach to life and the divine. No question is wrong or stupid. We each have to live with our mistakes just like anyone else and no one is perfect. You show me a prophet and I'll show you a pedophile/adulterer/liar/murderer/etc.