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Wakanda Forever: Part 9

Wakanda Forever: Part 9 – Mastering Your Craft


I think the core of Black Panther is about mastery: the mastery of self, one’s community and the world at large. By mastery, I am not talking about having the freedom to independently run one’s life in isolation. Erik had that freedom and we see how that ended for him. But I mean to learn to build one’s life within the supportive confines of community. Mastery is defined as, “a comprehensive knowledge of a skill or subject matter.”

We see this definition wonderfully represented, visually, in the Kingdom of Wakanda itself. The nation of Wakanda is an example of what can happen when a group of people learn how to humble themselves before each other. They do so in order to serve the greater good of the whole, while propelling each person to be the best they can be.